September 17, 2012 by Rieshy

Watching is a stage in modern Parenting.

You sit and watch birthday parties.
You sit and watch ballet practice.
You sit and watch piano practice.
You sit and watch bike riding in your cul-de-sac.
You sit and watch park playing.
You sit and watch... fill in the blank.
The newest for me is sitting and watching mixed martial arts.

All this sitting (and drinking coffee/knitting) on the sidelines,  it has me pondering.

About 15 years ago when my oldest two were little and at the developmental stage of attending 40 billion birthday parties a weekend none of the parents ever stayed for the party.  Ever.  We dropped off and gleefully drove away to run errands or ferry siblings to a different party.  However now, at least in my area of the country, parents generally stay.  An even bigger change is that Dad's come too now.  Weird.

Watching has been taken to a whole new level.  I don't know that it is entirely a good thing.

But I do know that henceforth, coffee should be required per State law at every child's birthday party.



Timothy Goode said...

I will keep coffee in mind for Will's next party. :)

Unknown said...

I hate watching. It makes me feel like a bad parent, but if my kids are doing something that doesn't involve me I'd rather be doing something that I can't do ordinarily,

Unknown said...

and my baby just slammed the mouse onto the floor. I forgot what I was saying. The end.

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