Showing posts with label quotes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label quotes. Show all posts

August 7, 2012

parenthood reclaimed. sort of.

There are times in every parent's experience when you suddenly realize that maybe your little angel faces might be getting away with a few too many things.  You begin to wonder if it's possible that the rugrats are starting to outsmart, outwit and outlast you.  You then decide to pull in the reins, right?!  You know, batten down the hatches!  Dig in your heels!  Remind them who is in charge! 

Okay, okay, this is a little severe folks.  Maybe you just simply need to use a little psychology on those smarty pants kids. 

That's when Carl comes in.  You know Carl, right?

You remind those children that you are the EYES and EARS of this institution, my friends!

When you notice things are getting a little out of control in the house, you just remind them that you are always watching, always listening.  You remind them that you look through their lockers, and that you listen to their conversations.  Well, nevermind the lockers, but what do you tell them?

That's right!  I am the eyes and ears of this institution, my friend!

And let's say you've had a particularly rough week with little Jonny and he says to you, "Mommy, may I please play in the backyard?"  What is your response?

You got it!  Yes, Jonny, you may play outside but remember this:  I am the eyes and ears of this institution, my friend!

And let's say little Lizzie has put every Oscar-winning actress of the year to shame with her drama and she says to you, "Can I please have a drink of water?  I'm thirsty."  Tell me - what do you say?

Amen, sister!  Yes, Lizzie, but don't forget:  I am the eyes and ears of this institution, my friend!

Then you realize that maybe you watch too many movies, and that when you say these things to your children they just stare at you and say, "Huh?"

Now if your child calls you a neo maxi zoom dweebie, then we have other problems.

January 21, 2010

look for the helpers.

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers -- so many caring people in this world."
-- Fred Rogers