I recently read this blog post
after it was shared several times
by my friends on facebook.
Rage Against the minivan wrote it.
Can I rage against the minivan too
even if I drive one?
This is my two cents today.
Parents don't have to tell other parents
what to do or not to do.
Parents have to grow a backbone
and tell their kids to NOT expect something
just because other kids have it.
This is the problem with our society in general.
Parents are all competing
instead of supporting each other.
Sometimes (actually all the time)
we just need to check out of the
Mormon mommy blogger culture.
"Oh, you throw huge themed parties for your kids,
well my kids must have that too."
You read 10 books every night.
You always have ironed clothes.
You have sterile bathrooms.
All your clothes are from Matilda Jane.
You have an elf on the shelf.
You have a 5 course meal every night?
Your kids are each in a music lesson, a sport, and a cultural extra-curricular...
and you have 10 boys and 5 girls?
You have a leprechaun that shows up for Christmas?
Do you see how it can become a really huge problem
when you try to do everything like everyone else?
No. No. No.
That's all it takes.
And guess what?
Your kids don't care.
Or they may care
and then when you say no
they'll figure it out for themselves.
Case in point.
This is Bella
pretending to be
for Saint Patrick's Day.
She thought that
Caroline deserved some fun
that we didn't want to provide.