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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

And The Bad Parenting Continues....

When I wrote my last post, I had several people in mind, but there is one particular mom, that makes my blood boil more than most. Really, this is the parent who has the naughtiest kids, yet is sure they can NEVER do wrong.

Now it would figure, that my humiliating "bad kid" moment of the week would involve an altercation between her 8 year old boy and my 5 year old son.

During gymnastics the mom's all sit around watching their daughters while the siblings play in the other room. I could see the boys out of the corner of my eye as this woman's 8 year old son pushes my 5 year old around. His mom was watching saying things like "look at how strong my boy is". UGH! Anyway, as I got up to go save my 5 year old from this bully, the 8 year old came in crying to his mother. "Mom, G*** called me a bad name and it really hurt my feelings. " His appalled mother looked at me in disgust (this is where I take my cue to go discipline my son).

I go and track him down and ask him if he called this boy a name. My son said "yes mom, but he pushed me, and laughed at me, then made me eat his ABC (already been chewed) gum." "I understand that you are angry, but you are going to have to apologize." "But, mom, I'm NOT sorry". "I know, but you have to anyway." This whole time, we never covered the name he called this boy... I assumed it wouldn't come up again... whatever it was.

Anyway, we walked back into the room filled with all the gymnastics moms, staring at the drama no doubt. He walked over to the boy and his mother, red faced with anger and tears dripping from his eyes, he said in his LOUDEST voice, "My mom is making me say I'm sorry for calling you a PENIS FACE". Then he walks over next to me and starts laughing hysterically. Now me, being the really bad mom I am started laughing too. As the onlookers shook their head in disgust, I leaned over to my son and gave the mandatory speech. "Now honey, that kind of talk isn't appropriate, next time he hurts you, just punch him instead."

OK, that was my last Bad Parent post for awhile... at least I hope. My next post will be on something far more cheerful... Bulimia!

19 comments:

Cindy said...

I am shaking with laughter.

Punch him instead. Heee heee hee.

reallyniceday said...

Ya know, honestly, my kids have come up with "terms" I know haven't come from the mouths of any parents in our home. I'm sure I haven't called any one "Butt Nugget" lately. hee hee.

Instead of punching...he could meekly put the gum in the other kid's hair. It was his gum. ;)

Christin said...

Seriously...we TELL our girls to "hit back". Of course, it's after the "tell them to stop." if that doesn't work "tell an adult"...if there aren't any near by. Hit them back.

You should have seen the look of *freedom* my little girls had when we said that. I'm SO not into letting my children be a doormat for people. Yes, we serve an amazing God. But no, I don't believe he has called us to teach our kids that their purpose in life is to be beat down.

good for you for taking up for YOUR SON.

Rachelle said...

Thank you...I had such a good laugh.

I will never forget the time my hubby told Josiah that if a particular kid wouldn't stop bullying him, he could go ahead and hit him back. It never came to that because Josiah ended up standing up to the kid who then backed off. Sometimes we need to empower our kids rather than making them feel like they need to be little doormats.

candi said...

That is too funny! At least your son could see the humor in the whole thing!

javamamma said...

With all the name calling that goes on, I know that is ONE name that my girls would probably NEVER call someone. :) Good advice with the 'actions speak louder than words' advice to your son!

Emily said...

I c-an-t STOP laughing.

c-a-n-t stop. You're hilarious.

carrie said...

WTG Mom!!!! That's hilarious!!! Thanks for the giggle!!

Halfmoon Girl said...

Ha ha ha. I need to go to gymastics with you so we can all giggle over body part words. I love how he cracked up after his apology. You know that people who cannot face their kid's flaws are terribly insecure people, right? I try to think of it that way and how hard it must be to always have their faces stuck up their ..., I mean, in the sand.

Big Red Driver said...

But I love the bad parent posts! I'm sure you'll make bullima enjoyable too.

ConservaChick said...

Halfmoon Girl... your comment brought me a much needed smile! I can tell, I'd REALLY like your personality in real life.

Reallyniceday, Your kids say butt nugget too? I think kids are born with that "slogan" built into their subconscience, because they all know it.

Javamamma, Yeah, only homeschoolers know the real dirty ones! He He (:

Big Red Driver, Don't count on it.

Katrina said...

Oh my gosh, this is too funny.
I love it.

call*me*kate said...

I wanted to slug that big kid myself. Can't stand bullies. He probably does have a "___ face!"

I can do a post on anorexia. We'd make a great team!

**Kate

Gombojav Tribe said...

I don't think I would have made my child apologize. When my children squabble, I'm generally of the opinion, to let them work it out on their own and don't go running to tattle or ask me to be a mediator.

Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

Oh my gosh! I almost died laughing reading this. How could anyone there keep a straight face?

chickadee said...

that is just the response my husband would have given him, punch him!
i'm glad you giggled with him.

Sleep deprived mommy said...

Another dull morning at the office...as I sat down with a pop tart at my desk...I laughed so hard -I blew pop tart everywhere !(I'll be picking it out of my cubical walls for days)! I grew up with 4 siblings- our word was butt-munch! Appreciate his creativity, and pray for an outlet for it-ha ha! I agree with halfmoon girl...people who only find the fault in "other" peoples kids are in complete denial- and generally have the WORST kids because of their ignorance! YOU are not alone we are all in the same game!

midwifemom said...

A "friend" of my son's was harassing him everytime they were around other boys, even to the point of hitting him. I got to the point where I was telling my son to stand up for himself. This friend would also tattle when he didn't like something Eman would say. Then his mom would call me up. There was no way that I was going to make him apologize.

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Scott said...

All good parents know that penis faces deserve to be punched.
I can't believe I just said that...
You just rubbed off on me.