I’m Just Glad It’s Not Mine!
When I was little I remember my mother pulling me aside after another frantic mother was reunited with her lost child, she said, “See that’s what happens when you don’t listen and wander off,” then she scurried me off to the checkout counter. She did this often; use other people’s mishaps for her own benefit. Every time we saw another child acting out, she would remind us that acting that way will just get you in trouble. Sure my sister and I tested the theory every now and then and of course, just like she warned, the outcome was never in our favor.
Now that I’m a parent I find myself doing the same thing. When I see a child who is misbehaving I’ll often turn to my own kids with that don’t-you-ever-try-that look. Because as a parent when you see someone else’s child acting irrational, you’re first reaction is, “I’m so glad it’s not mine.”
We all do it. When we hear that two-year old in a frantic range at a restaurant we are so glad it’s not our own. When a child talks back to his mom or worse, we are thankful that it’s not our responsibility.
That’s one of the reasons why I love to watch the nanny shows on television, because no matter how bad we are doing at the job of parenting, the people on the show are just doing it worse. It’s the same in real life as well.
We can listen to our friend complain about her out-of-control teen or her toddler that would rather bite classmates than play with them and sympathize with her. But at the same time we are thinking, “I’m so glad it’s not mine.”
It’s so easy to pass judgment on how a parent disciplines their child; I even get into disagreements at home about how my husband and I individually chose to discipline our kids because I tend to be more forgiving.
But at the end of the day, we can feel good knowing that, there is someone out there having a harder time then us, at the end of the day we can always say, “I’m so glad it’s not mine.”
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