I love my family and am always happy to have quality time, but this record-long 11 day Memorial Day weekend was a little too much for me. What? It wasn't 11 days? Just the usual 3 days? Are you sure? Hmhh...go figure. Anyhoo, during the weekend, I noticed some things that I think need to be officially mentioned and/or remedied. I do not even want to get into how ridiculous it is that some people (not us) need a list like this. Since I am not one to judge, I will just give my list without commentary (What?! It could happen).
Things Every Kid Should Be Able To Do
(This list exempts children who have issues or differences that prevent them from doing these things. Bad attitude and petulance don't count).
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on the list too.
2. Swim. Nothing fancy, just the non-drowning variety. If you don't happen to live somewhere that your child has access to a pool, lake or ocean, consider swimming lessons at the Y.
3. Ride a bike. Even if she hates to do it, she should know how. Trust me, your 11-year-old will feel embarrassed and "too old" to learn if it gets that far. This can only snowball. When your child meets someone at college and a romantic bike ride is suggested, she will have to feign an injury. Lying is no way to start a relationship. If it's a boy child it will be worse. You can rest assured that a college-aged boy who can't ride a bike will attempt to prove he can by trying "jump" his bike between two roofs. Teach your kid to ride the bike.
4. Tell time on a real clock. Being able to say the numbers on a digital clock doesn't count. Your child needs to understand the concept of fractions of time. I am not a math person but I understand the way a clock works. This keeps me from being made fun of in public. Yes, kids think it's hard. Too bad. If they can figure out 73 levels of Call of Duty, they can learn to tell time.
General Tips For Adults
(There are no exceptions to this list).
|If you are still single, |
this may be why.
2. If your 9th or 10th grader is wearing an outfit to a dance that makes her look "smokin' hot," it's not an appropriate outfit. I don't care how gorgeous your kid is; why would you want her to be attractive to grown men and/or look like a prostitute? Super high heels, super short skirt and a super low cut shirt looks trashy on grown-ups. On a kid it looks trashy and creepy. Why not go for pretty? Do you want to give a 16-year-old boy extra reasons to try to remove your daughter's clothes?
3. Your child is not a science experiment. First we had Blossom and her "I say I'm not judging you but I am" parenting style (please go look it up, you'll enjoy). Now we have the couple who isn't telling the the gender of their baby. You really have to read the article to get the full impact, but essentially they believe that we should not "make" children be any particular gender, just let them be whatever they feel. Awesome concept. Except here's the thing, people ARE actually male and female and we don't all live on a commune where everyone knows/understands/cares that sex and gender are two different things. In the real world, your 5-year-old will get mistaken for a girl if he has long hair he wears in braids and sometimes wears dresses. Nothing wrong with it if that's what he wants to do, but maybe do your kid a favor and let him know that most boys do not dress that way and that yes, people will think he's a girl. At least then he can decide what he wants to do. Saying your child can pick his/her own gender but not filling him in on the way the rest of the world works is mean.
4. If your last 2 cars (about 10 year's worth) have been silver, your new car should not be silver. Okay, that is not really a rule for everyone, that's just my opinion and I'm really only giving it so The Party doesn't think he can make me not talk about him just because he said he's not here for my amusement.