Friday, April 13, 2012

Why Are Parents So Awkward?

Why do we do some of the things that we do as parents? It's like there's an "awkward switch" that gets turned on the moment your first child enters the world. My theory is that parents automatically do kooky things, just because they're parents. Take my Dad for example. Growing up, he would often make us corn dogs or hot dogs for dinner. Whenever he would make us corn dogs, he would sing a song about corn dogs. The lyrics were "it's a corn dog night, it's a corn dog night." And he'd do a little dance with his fingers. When we'd eat hot dogs, the only way he would put the hot dog into the bun on our plate is if we said to him, "Dog me." Seriously? Who does that? Oh yeah, a parent.

My sweet husband thought that if he crouched behind Nicholas, it would look like he was driving the moped by himself. Good try honey.

Maybe it's that we don't think we have to impress anyone anymore, since our spouses and children are stuck with us anyway. There's just something that makes you do silly things when you have kids.

Take myself for example. I find myself singing The Beatles in a goofy voice to try and make Nicholas laugh. Since when do I sing The Beatles? Or how about the time I made up a song about Nicholas being a peanut, and the only word in the song was "peanut." I just kept singing it over and over in different voices and tones. He didn't think it was as funny as I did.

I have fond memories of my childhood and many of them involve my parents doing silly things. But you know what? They are good memories. I'm so glad that my parents silliness created an environment for my siblings and I to be ourselves and have fun together. I wouldn't trade my Mom's crazy voices (seriously, they are crazy) or the faces that my Dad makes when he's tired. Now that I'm a mom, I know that I'm destined to embarrass my kiddos. I hope that when my kids are grown, they look back and remember their childhood as a time when they could express themselves and not take life too seriously. And I hope many of their memories involve me doing the robot and giving them lots of fist bumps.


  1. Your Dad sounds AWESOME! And I truly think that homes that are filled with silliness are filled with joy, and where you have joyful children you have confident children, who know that they are loved. Having fun with your family is how you maintain a lasting bond. So keep on doing the robot and singing the Beatles-- your kids are lucky to have you!

  2. Thank you for your comment! I think my dad is pretty awesome :) He is the best example of goofiness, too. What a great thought, that having fun really does create those bonds that last and that you remember. I hope to be a mom that can not take life too seriously but enjoy it with my kids! Thanks for reading!


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