1970’s Parenting: The Hot New Parenting Style You Have To Try
You guys, I’m flagging over here. It’s Day Four of winter break and the kids have worn me down to a nub. I am trying to get my work done and it is freezing outside so we are all cooped up indoors. That means they want me to play with them. Or tell them what to play with. It’s making me remember my own childhood where my brothers and I just occupied ourselves. My mom did her thing, we did ours. As my kids pop up every 10 minutes needing something, I find myself pining for a simpler time for moms. A time where no one worried about shouting at their kids to go away and find something to do. Moms were not the court jester. Kids played on their own without prodding from their parents. That time would be the 1970’s, and probably the 80’s too. I feel like we can get back to the 1970’s parenting style if we follow these simple steps:
1. Scream “Get out of my hair!” when they ask to be entertained.
And don’t feel guilty for even a second. You have Mom Stuff to do. You don’t need to be coming up with activities for your rug-rats.
2. Make whatever you damn well please for dinner.
There is no asking for opinions from the kids or accommodating everyone’s picky requests. You make one dinner. They eat it or go hungry.
3. Get them a step stool to reach the cupboards.
How else can they fetch and prepare their own snacks? You’re not a servant and Days of Our Lives isn’t going to watch itself now, is it?
4. Forget a babysitter, hang a key around their neck.
Kids of a certain age are capable of being home alone briefly. Now, this would be fodder for a CPS visit. Then, it was just saving money on a baby-sitter.