Nov 15, 2011

An Embarrassment to My Children

Posted by Tonia at Tuesday, November 15, 2011
By Rachel

“Like all parents, my husband and I just do the best we can, hold our breath and hope we've set aside enough money for our kid's therapy.” - Michelle Pfeiffer

I have always considered myself a cool mom. I mean, I stay abreast of what is popular; I flat iron my hair; I dress in the latest styles …. or at least styles within the last 10 years or so. I’m cool, right? Well, apparently not. According to my daughter, I embarrass her just by breathing. Hell, she doesn’t even know what embarrassing is. She should have lived with MY mother who drove us to school in her nightgown and ran out of gas. And made moose calls when my "crush" was around. And entertained my friends with her imitation of a zit.

Okay, I admit, I probably shouldn’t have yelled out the car window “your skirt is tucked in your underwear” when I dropped her off at school. Or cranked up the Sesame Street music and danced with my 3 year old when I picked her up. But, seriously, it wasn’t like I was doing underarm noises at one of her school performances.

If she’s embarrassed by me I think it’s karma - pay back for the time she shouted, “Mommy, your zipper’s down!” at a Christmas party and for the time she peed in one of the display toilets at Lowes while we were looking at fixtures.

So I guess I’ve lost my coolness factor. But I’m adjusting. Now, instead of getting her to behave with threats of lost privileges, I just threaten to call her “PoocheyWorm” in front of her friends. Works like a charm.

My new motto: If you’re not embarrassing your kids, you’re missing all the fun. Tell us how you embarrass YOUR kids!

And the next time you and your girlfriends get together, brainstorm additional ways to embarrass your kids. It’s a riot. And add these easy, delicious pumpkin spice cookies to the menu:

Glazed Pumpkin Spice Cookies

1 package Pumpkin Spice Cookie Mix
1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons milk

Mix and bake cookies according to package directions. Let cookies cool completely. Combine all of the glaze ingredients in a bowl and add milk as needed to achieve the desired consistency. Drizzle glaze over cookies. Drizzle some glaze into your mouth if the kids aren't watching.


MsCheeVS on November 16, 2011 at 2:19 AM said...

OK I might be prejudice because Im her aunt....BUT...I think rachel is one of the coolest and best MOMS ive known. I stand by that!! I also stand by RACHEL having one of the best moms ever as well as did her mom and I (my sister). We all have our quirks as moms...but our family does pretty well!! Love all you moms!!

Linda M. Rhinehart Neas, M. Ed. on November 17, 2011 at 7:55 PM said...

Hi, Rachel! I have four daughters...needless to say just breathing the air was embarrassing to them! However, they have all managed to grow-up, now having children of their own. Do I still embarrass them...sometimes. But, I think they see the humor more often than not. Hang in there!!

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