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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Good Parents

We went to a kid's birthday party this weekend. Yes, there was cake and toys and all that. But that's not what I am writing about. What impressed me, more than anything, were the parents.

Maybe they were just my sort of parents. I expect, though, that they are more attachment parents than I am. Probably, though this is just a guess, I was the strictest parent there by far. So it's not like I'm writing to commend their parenting styles, because their sytles weren't like the style that works for us.

Instead, I am complementing their parenting QUALITY. Seriously, they were all just great with their kids. They demanded turn-taking and fairness, but without hovering and mandating. Somehow, they managed to make me feel both comfortable than their kids would never bully Ander and get away with it...and comfortable that when Ander bullied their kids (sigh...'cause you knew it would eventually happen), and I didn't let him get away with it, that response would be good enough. There would be no futher expection other than that I do the only thing I can, which is to react appropriately. Plus, they were fun to talk to and very nice people in general.

I was having a rough morning. This weekend, my backache has really flaired up. And being out and about, instead of home, resting, with tylenol and hat packs, does nothing for my back. Add my early morning pukefest right before the party, and was officially feeling like crap. These ladies still made me smile. I especially liked the lady who sent hubby away to find wine. ;)


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