Tiger? There is No Tiger Here.
“A mother who is overly strict with her child in order to foster an academically competitive spirit. This form of upbringing is intended to direct a child towards financially successful careers at the potential risk of feeling emotionally unfulfilled and/or socially inept.”
What the What?!
I have been called many things in my life but overly strict has never been one of them. I am the ‘oh shit, I should get the kids to pick up after themselves’ or the ‘sure we can have ice cream with breakfast, it is sort of like milk right?’ kind of mom.
I think as mothers we are sometimes too quick to judge. We all just have to slow the F down sometimes and realize everyone is making decisions that impact their children and they don’t know what they are doing. I don’t know about yours, but my kids did not come with an owner’s manuals. That stupid book I bought when I was huge and disillusioned, offered me nothing but fill for the hospital book sale.
Just when I think I have got this mothering thing down to a science, BAM, I am hit with a new challenge. A call from the school, a crying teenager, a test that didn’t turn out well, a zit, the flu shots followed by an ear infection. How was your week? That was the same week that we started a new lesson, had to start physio, had to deal with report-card drama and we filled out high school applications and had a screaming match about seeing the floor in your bedroom being a requirement. All in a day’s work.
I am planning on writing a parenting book of my own. It will be called ‘How to Really Parent. No kidding this time.’.
Chapter 1: Love.
Chapter 2: Thanks for buying this book, now throw it away ‘cuz there are no other answers.
I am planning on writing another book on how to be a parent outside of your house titled ‘Don’t be an asshole, they are just getting by too’. Call the New York Times now.
So stick me with your label if you must. Although I would prefer ‘She’s Not Really Screwing it up That Much Mom’. That seems more my style. In return, I label you ‘Doing the Best She Can Mom’, because I know you are. Roar.