Thursday, November 13, 2008

What Parents Want

We want our children to at least make some attempt to hike at a pace that the old folks can keep up with. Actually and figuratively. We want our children to take off their shoes and socks and put them where they belong and not in the middle of the floor right in front of the door.

We want our toddlers to go to sleep when we put them to bed for their afternoon naps so they don't crash (in the weirdest places) right before dinner. We want the kids to have fun and enjoy one another's company, but not outside our bedroom door at 6:30 on a Saturday morning.

We want them to pay at least as much attention to us as to the computer.

We want the children to study hard...

play nicely...

and clean up after themselves!
And, we want them to not sit so close to the wood stove.
(I don't know who took this picture, kids, but SHEESH! Next time scoot their little butts back about three feet, ok?)

"Parents are not interested in justice, they're interested in peace and quiet."


Laura said...

I love this.
Now let's reverse the point of view.....
What do kids want?
(I'm homeschool assignment. and hey I'm greedy, I want to see more pictures.)

GrandmaK said...

Oh my!!! You have chronicled everything I have ever thought and more about parenting in a concise directive. This is GREAT! We can throw all those parenting books out the window and put this list on the frig (or wherever). Even a grandparent can use this for a guide! This was GRAND! Cathy

Bia said...

Computer thing...ditto.
Studying thing...ditto.
Shoe thing...ditto.
Playing nicely thing...ditto.
The early bird thing...ditto.

You know, kids are the same all over! (Although we've never experienced the wood stove thing.)

Soutenus said...

I ditto Bia's dittos!
Very cool post! I am smiling on the inside and the outside. thanks.


Memarie Lane said...

beautiful post lisa! i think you guys should have a reality show. not one of the sleazy ones, but a REAL reality show. what a homeschooling / god-fearing family is really like.

Joannof10 said...

I just love this, Lisa! I makes me want to start a fire, snuggle around it and have everyone do schoolwork.:-)