Written by Michelle
My mother always warned me. My childhood ventures and countless mischievous adventures would come back to haunt me two fold. In my case, maybe three times back.
Sitting around family dinners we love to laugh out loud recalling stories that made my mother’s cheeks turn crimson and her blood pressure rise. These moments were so embarrassing at the time and now remain tucked away as memories that make me smile so hard.
I’m told that I was the kid who stole my mother’s tampons and stuck them in glasses of water to see if they were as absorbent as the commercials claimed. Even better, I loved to bring these “scientific discoveries” out when we had company. I’m also told I was known to be quite challenging to unfamiliar acquaintances. And it is rumored that I had an affinity for sticking my tongue out during introductions to new faces and places.
From “educational” ventures to disobedient quarrels, my parents can laugh about countless instances… now. Not my mother nor my father have any idea where these traits came from. Neither will claim the gene. But, apparently I’ve learned these not-so stellar moments can be genetically inherited.
I thought I ready was for parenting karma. I was wrong.
Two weeks ago we received an email from my son’s teacher. As I opened the message all the blood rushed from my face. My heart started beating and my pulse was racing. I immediately became nervous. A subject line “Liam’s behavior today” is NEVER a good indicator of outstanding behavior.
That day my son’s class was reviewing math facts. During the drill, all students were given their own iPad to review and practice their new math concepts. It was the student’s responsibility to work independently during this time.
Unfortunately, Liam’s teacher discovered that while he appeared to be diligently working on his math drills, he was not. Instead he had spent his time playing with the camera application and taking pictures of himself.
I turned to my husband in disbelief. I clenched my teeth, and my knuckles turned white. I could not believe what I was reading. My heart was in my throat. My pulse out of control.
Who does THAT?
How self-centered and rude!
Why would he take someone else’s property and simply start taking pictures of themselves?
I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Parenting Karma is simply a B%^&(!