Somewhere in the world today there is a very embarrassed mom. She gave the interwebs access to a video of her daughter screaming bloody murder because she wanted to listen to Britney Spears. And this mom even shared the parental sin of GIVING IN to the tantrum. That mom? She's my hero.
At the risk of sounding like a sanctimommy, I have a confession to make. I watch other people's kids acting like monsters, and I file it away in my brain. I pull it out when my kid decides to throw one of those epic-sized tantrums that makes you wonder if all of the hard work you've been putting in to raise a well-behaved citizen has been a giant waste of time.
Replaying the memory of another meltdown is just what I need to keep from falling to pieces in the corner of the room and bemoaning my craptastic parenting. We all have been there. No matter what that "my kids are perfect" bee-yotch up the street will lead you to believe. Sometimes even the angels act like demons. And all you can do is ride the wave.
This is the gift this mother has given us today. A scene we can pull up at any time to remind us, "Hey, I don't totally suck as a parent." Go ahead, watch.
Now, folks, you have a choice. You can mock her mercilessly for committing some major parenting fails. She lets her kid listen to Britney (gasp). She gave in to shut her screaming brat up (gasp).
Or you can have a little sympathy. Listening to Britney isn't, in the scheme of things, the worst offense. I listen to the radio as I cook dinner. My kid hears the popular music. It happens. Heck, we were watching a screener of the Selena Gomez flick Monte Carlo yesterday, and apropos of nothing, she told me that the only thing that could have made it better would have been an appearance by Lady Gaga. Again, she's 6. It happens.
And the tantrums happen too. An over-tired 6-year-old wouldn't stay in bed in my house last night. She screamed and carried on. We just kept putting her back in bed, frustrated and angry. And so this video couldn't have come at a better time for me to make me feel a little less alone in the "I'm trying to teach her to behave but she's not listening!" boat.
This mom just made me feel like a better parent by embarrassing herself. I think she deserves a medal for taking one for the team. How about you?
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