Today’s blog goes out to Rickey who ended the perfect extended holiday weekend by mistakenly allowing the kid from hell to stay over. The whole situation made us think – is there an unwritten cut off age at which women should no longer have that first child because at that point they aren’t sane enough to raise the kid properly???
I am going to go off on a limb and guess that the mother of this 7 year old terror was late 40’s to early 50’s and the father could have easily been pushing 60. This child ran everything and everybody. While hanging around mixing drinks and having adult conversations about everything from careers to hairstyles the kid walked up to the group of women, about 10 of us, all between 21 and 40. We began cooing about how adorable she looked and when one young lady asked what she liked to do the kid threw her hand up on that hip, swung it out to the side and began her conversation with the words “Speaking of which…” She could barely finish what she was saying, although we all laughed so hard in disbelief that I doubt anyone understood a word that came out after that. The proud mom looked on with glee at her adult child carrying on conversation that was well beyond her years. No comments from the proud parents when she walked between two talking men to ask one to entertain her on the piano, no apology from the on looking mom when I had to firmly tell her to remove her butt from the 4′ high stair railing and to seal the deal – complete cooperation from her father when she called him at 2AM from the kitchen phone to inform him that she was ready to go home. (Rickey told her to get her tail back in bed cause he wasn’t taking her anywhere that time of night).
Does anyone else notice that parents who bear their first child at the later end of the “young adult” age spectrum tend to seem a bit overwhelmed and less “hands on” in the area of discipline? I would like to research stuff like this – but I don’t even know where to start. Rickey refers to it as being “in love” with your child, which is MUCH different from simply loving them, and I agree that can be a big problem for a lot of parents.
That being said – don’t let your kids run wild just because you’re too tired or too scared to put them in their place! My dad put his foot down so much I have to look back every once in a while and make sure its not still there. You know you did a great job when it carries over into adult hood!
And what you have all been waiting for – the item of the day is the Marcelle bag by Kooba – I’m LOVING the big purse trend! (sorry about the grommets Summer – I know you don’t care for them!)