Five Hilarious Ways to Treat the Why Me Epidemic
Most of our kids have it or had it. It's highly contagious and becomes more costly and less cute as they grow up. What are we talking about, you ask? The terrible why me!
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say the Why Me's has become an epidemic. Last night, I was at a friend's, when her son opened an awesome Nerf bazooka gun that shoots like 600 bullets at the same time. He was having a tough day, he was exhausted and then the gun had the nerve to break.
"Why me," he screamed as he threw himself on his bed, arms splayed.
"Why me! Why me! I knew this bazooka wouldn’t work, I just knew it! Why do horrible things like this always happen to me? My friends’ Nerf guns work."
He had a classic case of the Why Me's. I've seen it before - we all have. The question is, how does one catch this horrible illness and can we cure or prevent it?
Here's my take: As we -- many of us helicopter/ over-protective / over-compensating / over-complimenting parents raise this next generation, we're teaching them that they are truly the center of the universe. I am not judging, I am one of those parents - many of us are (to varying degrees). Many of us, myself included, have an internal struggle where we pit our need to ensure our children's happiness and self-assurance against the knowledge that our role in attempting to provide these things for them 24/7 may inhibit their ability to be able to do this for themselves.
OK, I'm not a doctor or a therapist, but I see one regularly, which means I'm totally qualified to say these things. Wait, it doesn't? So, I should stop calling my friend who once played a Doctor in a Prilosec commercial for advice on my IBS? Whatever...
There is always a catalyst (the reason your child is lamenting), it is usually something totally insane. Here are some examples:
1) "So and so is so lucky she has stairs in her house," "They have a trampoline," "He has a pool, a new Playstation, a snail, a cast on his arm (you can really insert almost anything your child doesn't have in the end of the sentence and it works.) I don't even have an stinkin' ace bandage. Why me?"
2) "It takes 3 hours to get to Disney world and I have to sit in the car and watch DVDs the whole way. Why me?"
3) "All of my friends have lost a tooth but mine are still stuck in my mouth! Why me?"
4) "Someone else got the last one (it doesn't matter if it's a donut or a shower cap, the last one is something every child needs) I never get the last one. Why me?"