Being One of THOSE Parents

Thanks to you readers, I learned that my genius plan to teach Micah to read is dead-on. I spent an evening making signs for everything in the house, and the next afternoon sticking them on every surface that didn't move. (I tried labeling the dogs but they weren't keen on the idea.)

Turns out, Micah is not a fan of labeling his things. He really could care less if the counter says COUNTER, or the door declares itself to be the DOOR, but he ripped the TV sign off the TV the minute he walked into the living room. And no, we didn't place it in the middle of the screen either. He also tore the FLOOR sign off the floor. (Why yes! We labeled the floor, too! If you're going to do something, do it right or go home.)

There was a day, before Micah was born, that I mocked parents like me. The ones who talked a steady stream into the ear of their newborn, when clearly that newborn could care less if you were reading it the New York Times as you caught up on the news. The parents who overanalyze everything their child does. The parents who go overboard to teach when sometimes just letting a kid be a kid is the best thing for them.

I'm now that parent. The irony is not lost on me.

Some day I may or may not see fruits for my efforts. In the meantime, I'll continue reading my shopping list to Micah in the grocery store, toss the FLOOR sign in the TRASH every time he rips it off the hardwood, and counting my fingers in his presence as if I'm just learning how many I have after 39 years of life.

Turns out, being one of THOSE parents isn't the worst thing in the world. Sure, it's a little crazy here, but it's a happy place. I'm guessing that it's the love driving the craziness that makes all the difference.

8 comments:

Flea said...

Are you wearing your nametag today, Karen? Does it say, "Hi! My name is Mom!" Because that would be cool.

Viv said...

It looks like he is clasping his hands to his head in an, "Oh, no...what happened here?" gesture...too cute.

Debbie Yost said...

I missed your other post about reading, but wanted to share this info. I recently went to a seminar buy on by DownsEd International. They are from England and were fabulous. I came out of it planning on teaching Peanut to read. I've not gotten far on this and have not labled my house, but I did order some books. I checked out a video also. I won't go into all the details here but here is a link to the handouts. Just scroll down to the middle. They made a lot of sense about how our kids learn to read differently (I'm still trying to convince her teacher). I really wish you could have gone. It was excellent. Let me know if you want more info!

Trisha said...

I like the labeling idea but it seems like poor Micah might be a little overwhelmed! There is nothing wrong with being one of "those" parents. It is all about helping your child!

Fishsticks and Fireflies said...

I'm with Viv on his pose in that shot! It has, "Oh, Mom!" written all over it! It's good to know that embarassing your children knows know boundries.

Katy said...

Yeah--if the old me could have seen the new me's flashcard collection, she probably would have thrown up in her mouth a little bit.

Here's to evolving!

HalfAsstic.com said...

HAHAHA! That picture is priceless! Hang in there! I think this is the right thing to do, too.

caramama said...

I say hang in there, too! There is something to be said for being one of those parents--I think it says you care so much about your kids that you are willing to act a little foolish to help them. You go, Mama!