We like to keep the parenting discussion pretty positive here on the blog. But every now and then, we feel the need to do a little ranting – about our kids’ most terrible toys, or a paper towel ad that completely misrepresents parenthood.
Well today we’re adding another crappy commercial to our list of parenting peeves. This one comes from nobody’s favorite media provider, Time Warner Cable, for their TWC TV app ad titled “Pillow Fort.”
Every year, countless brave, adventurous souls leap far outside their comfort zones to do something absolutely crazy…
They have kids.
Or maybe they go to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras.
The truth is, we have a hard time telling the difference. Because when you really think about it, there is no difference between parenting children and going totally wild on Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras.
Today’s question comes from a mother in desperate need of a wet wipe:
The other day the kids and I grabbed a quick lunch. I was trying to corral everyone over to a table while also balancing all of our food, drinks and a milkshake on a tray, when the milkshake naturally fell, bounced off a chair and spilled EVERYWHERE (including on other people), before finally landing upside-down on my sandal. At that moment, my three-year-old asked, “Mama, can you lift me up on my seat? And can you open my toy?” …Why does my preschooler constantly ask me to do things for her when it’s obvious that I’m already really busy? Does she have absolutely no empathy, or is it an age thing, or what?
Think helping your child learn something always has to be serious business? A priest, a duck and a sandwich walking into a bar would totally disagree. Try this awesomely addictive activity with your family, and your kids will be cracking wise – and getting wise – before you know it!
Who It’s For: Kids ages 4 and up (plus their younger siblings, if they’re into it like ours)
What They’ll Learn: Language, memory, creativity
What You Need: A sense of humor, or if you don’t have that, a book of kids’ jokes that you found for like five bucks in that weird “gift items” aisle nobody ever goes down at the grocery store
Believe it or not, there was a time in this country when modestly dressed mothers and fathers would wait to teach their well-mannered children about “the birds and the bees” until they were in high school, or about to be married, or maybe never. These days, however, parents are apparently supposed to launch right into a super-graphic Sex Ed session as soon as Junior gets potty training down.
Or at least that’s what you might think after watching cut.com’s “Parents Talk to Their Kids About The Birds and the Bees for the First Time.”
If you haven’t put yourself through this 4 minute and 45 second parenting nightmare yet, you can check it out right here:
When we sat down with our four-year-old daughter Sammy and her two-year-old brother Freddy to show them “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” for the very first time last week, we did more than just complete the Big Three Peanuts Holiday Special Trifecta in a single year…
…we also made some hilariously adorable family movie night magic!
Here’s how our little “peanuts” reacted to the show: