I suspect that most parents have a tendency to remember fondly (probably too fondly) the joys of having small children. Now, don’t get me wrong, little kids can be a joy, but they can also have their moments. I think many of us have a picture, or two, of Mom or Dad cuddled up taking a “cute” nap with a little one. These are probably taken because they help us to forget the times when “cuddling up with the kid” is more like this example from Baby Blues.
in order to take best advantage of propitious moments. Hence, we find examples such as this, as portrayed by Thatababy.
Still, I should like to point out that the advantage isn’t ALWAYS towards the child. Perhaps one of the (admittedly few) advantages which parents have over their progeny is the fact that parents have had a longer time to develop the sneakiness which is sometimes necessary in order to survive having children. One of my favorite examples of this parental advantage (they ARE all too few) comes from Non Sequitur.
The disadvantage of this example, of course, is that Kate (Danae’s blond sister who is sitting next to Dad and observing the entire exchange) has now caught on to the fact that Dad hasn’t really been fooled, hence the trick is unlikely to work again. Of course, given what I know of Kate, she's not going to give this away!
Some, of course, hope that they can simply establish the rules and be done with it, as in this example from Zits.
This failure leads to the all-too-common sort of situation shown in this Zits strip, especially with teenagers. The prejudice seems to suggest that the sort of thing pictured is most common with male children, but, as I have been the parent of two females, I can attest to the fact that similar situations have been know to arise even with the female of the species.
The true payback for being a parent, however, is when you observe an experience during which your child begins to have some notion of what being a parent is all about. I should warn you (if you don’t already know from your own experience) that such opportunities are relatively few and far between, but they DO occur. This strip from Zits provides a good example based on the child having a pet and trying to deal with it as the “adult.” No, I’m not really suggesting that one should use the same techniques on both pets and children, but there is something to be said for the similarities.
I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with something else to ramble on about. I wonder what that will bring?
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
— Nelson Mandela
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic; capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” ― Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows