Parenting, by the Borg (Part II)

I’ve been drafting a few more serious pieces, and even though you don’t need a Star Trek sorbet, I do, courtesy of Seven of Nine.

time for regeneration

A couple of these are consistent battles in our home with our almost-8-year-old, and one could be applied to both kids and grown-ups. You decide.

digital entertainment

In any case, last night, I watched Frontline’s “Children of Syria” , and I encourage everyone, especially Americans, to do the same. This morning, I watched said 8-year-old refuse to eat his toast because it was “broken,” which elicited this comment from me: “You are whining about broken toast, and there are children in Syria digging through rubble for toys.”

I know, right? Awesome parenting. I love it when I do those things I said I would never do. I heard it coming, and I had a split second to stop it leaving my mouth, and then I chose to let it fly.

You know what, though? He picked up the toast and ate it immediately without another word.

emotional outburst


  1. rq says

    I’m thoroughly enjoying 1 and 3 on this page (not that there’s anything wrong with 2).

  2. lorn says

    Yes, kids protesting ‘broken’ toast seem to be making a big thing about nothing when compared to the challenges faced by children in a war zone.

    Then again, I have a theory that people need resistance and hardship. We need challenges and difficulties to set up a heroic battle. Lacking the need to dig through rubble we protest damages bread. Much the same way I used to ‘fly’ the cap from a pen and land it on an alien planet where the hero could fight a terrible monster lizard, A lizard that looked a whole lot like a common gecko. In other words, lacking an adventure and heroic battle, we make one up.

    In a very real and profound way, even as adults, we are still the heroes of our adventure. We fight the good fight against monsters and malignancies. Even if it is just in our minds.