I knew this would come back to haunt me. I just didn't think it would be so soon. My one moment of weakness in front of a bunch of kids and at least one of their parents.
Jake just came in from playing outside and said Mommy, is the middle finger bad? like when you hold it up like this??
My first thought was oh great, now I've gone and taught the whole neighborhood how to flip the bird. Please don't make it be my kid showing everybody....please let it be some other degenerate child.
Me: Who was doing that?
J: Well...um (gulp)....I was.
great. just great.
J: Well...........well.......Brady started it!
*Oh thank goodness!*
J: He told us all to do it! And then, and then John said it was bad. And I'm sorry mommy, I didn't know it was bad! (he said, in his very rushed, please I don't want to be in trouble voice.)
Me: Well, now ya know. Don't do it again ok?
J: Ok Mommy, I won't!
Being a parent is hard. Especially now when the whole social aspect comes into it. I'm very conscious of what other parents think of my kids. Because what they see in them, is a direct reflection of me. And I don't want to be that parent, you know? The one who lets their kid run wild through the neighborhood with no boundaries or rules. (and flips people off driving down the street) And I really don't want my kid to be that kid either. The kid who no one wants to let play at their house. Or the one who when they look at they think That poor kid with that awful mother.
ha ha! I know I'm being rather dramatic, but this stuff really does go through my head!
Parent/teacher confrence tomorrow. Let's hope Jake is not that kid at school. ;)