This post was actually written 3 years ago but my husband’s wisdom stands the test of time. Read it and weep (with laughter).
This past weekend, I left my husband and the boys here to fend for themselves while I went to BlogU. To their credit, I barely heard from them the entire time I was there – and let’s be frank, all 3 of them are usually guilty of asking me where the peanut butter is while staring right at it.
My preferred methods of air travel.. 1. Delta 2. Southwest 3. United 4. Greyhound Bus flying off freeway overpass 5. American Airlines
— Roy Wood Jr-Fry Cook (@roywoodjr) October 22, 2014
he informed me that the boys slept until 10:00am both Saturday and Sunday mornings (they wake at 6:30am for me), didn’t fight (I have no idea what their normal, non-fighting voices sound like) and played alone quietly so he could get stuff done (what is this played alone thing of which you speak?). He may not have said it, but there was an implied, “Learn from me, grasshopper!”
The fabulous Paige Kellerman and I got to spend a good amount of time together over the weekend, which was so fun for me, and during one of our discussions we talked about this very thing – how her kids will also give her husband all kinds of space but crawl all over her every minute of the day. What is this phenomenon? Why do they behave differently for their fathers?
Gabe’s theory is well-illustrated by a story from his weekend alone with the boys. He took both of them out to run errands. In the parking lot of Lowe’s, Meyer was being very, uh, 2. Throwing fits, melting down, squirming out of Gabe’s arms. He finally had enough and gave him a little pop on the behind. That’s probably not too shocking, right? Plenty of people dole out a little corporeal punishment now and then. Hell, I got spankings aplenty when I was growing up. The funny part is that some lady who saw the “pop” approached him as he was putting the kids in the car and THANKED him for raising his kids right – informing him that not nearly enough people do that anymore.
That is not how I thought that story was gonna go.
As for me, I almost never use any kind of physical force/punishment with my boys. I didn’t like it when it was used on me and I don’t like to use it on them.
But their dad thinks this (or maybe what it represents) is the very reason they’re so different with me. And he likes to give me advice about how to “man-up” my parenting.
Here are some of my favorite #DaddysParentingWisdom quotes, from Gabe to me to you.I was so tired by the time I made it home from BlogU on Sunday, we all just passed out immediately and lucky for me, both boys had camp Monday morning so I got to actually recover a bit.
Monday afternoon when they got home, I noticed they both smelled, well, HEINOUS. Not just the been-at-camp-all-day, Tevas-without-socks kind of boy stink but the wandering-in-the-desert-for-30-years kind of boy stink. I asked Gabe, “When’s the last time these boys had a bath?” His response: “Does the pool count?”
Uh, no. Not unless you used soap. See, daddy doesn’t know everything.
What do you think about Gabe’s parenting wisdom? Does your husband have any parenting quotes that make you laugh?