Do you know that they’ve done studies which PROVE over 90% of what we worry about NEVER happens! I’ve even READ the studies, so I ask you, why did I wake up at 5 AM this morning worried about my teenagers? Because I figure, MY worries are in that 10%. Go figure.
Now, I admit, I have a rather uncanny ability to find everyone else’s flaws and weak points. Seriously, my head is like a magnifying glass. It can fix on the most minute crack in someone’s façade and enlarge it to earthquakian proportions. Give me ten minutes with anyone and I assure you that I could tell you where they’re going wrong, what they’re doing right and if so inspired, even offer my advice to let them know both of the above.
Plus, it does not take a GPS to find my mouth. Just walk by and it locates. If only that inner guide steered me as well raising kids, I might have a whole lot less worry and a heck of a lot more sleep. In hindsight, I spent the first 10 years loving, nurturing, teaching, and helping them find their way. Frankly, they have spent the last 10 undoing all my good work.
Children learn by example. (At least they used to before the computer opened it’s top and swallowed them whole). In prehistoric times, kids had no choice. When Mom said, “Run!” they ran. Otherwise, they’d have been flattened by a buffalo. But they’re extinct like “Thank You” notes, long distance phone calls and helping little, old ladies across the street. When’s the last time you laid eyes on a Boy Scout? Or held the door for someone older?
Fortunately, my oldest, has had a part-time job the last two years. She knows what’s it’s like to do something that involves mindless repetition, receives no praise and garners little money. It has prepared her for parenting. Of course, by the time she has kids, you can probably just download an App. It’ll save you the hassle AND the worry. On that note, I think I’ll hit the sack.