Knucklehead Parenting

They see you at your worst – in the morning, with your glamorous Bedhead Bouffant; in the afternoon, when the remote isn’t cooperating, so you throw it against the wall; in the evening, when you’re telling the same boring story over in one conversation and don’t realize it. You can’t get away with seeming invincible and omniscient once your kids hit puberty. Now somebody’s watching what you do.

I want to be just like my dad when I grow up – only without the drinking and smoking.” One of my son’s friends, at only eleven, recognized the faults of his father while summing up the downside of those two wonderful and bewildering neighborhoods: adulthood and parenthood.


As a parent, being a “good person” is kind of a moving target. Now, I don’t smoke, drink, gamble, or shop too much – in fact, I’m considering developing a really wicked vice – I’ve got to get some pizazz in my life, you people!

But what I know I do that I shouldn’t is to judge people in a harsh way. I love reading celebrity gossip. So am I fulfilling my mandate to set a good example for my son? I know that when I say, “Do you think she meant to wear that outfit?” in my snarky tone about some celebrity, my son rolls his eyes.

Would I be surprised if my boy grew up to be sarcastic and critical? It does weigh on my mind, but I haven’t found a way to tone down my cheeky comments yet. Just as my son’s friend’s father might be shocked if his son grew up to be a heavy drinker and chain smoker.


Maybe the moral is to stop expecting others to be role models for our children, and to take back that mantle as parents. If we place our trust in God, and we do our jobs well now, maybe they’ll remember that, even if we stumbled occasionally, we lived what we taught them, and that may be enough to keep them on the right road.

– Ruth Williams, Prayables

READ MORE and Enjoy these features from the Daily Prayable!

Daily Story


Daily Scripture

Daily Prayer

Daily Video

Daily Joke

Daily Quote

Previous Posts

Spiritually Healthy
Spiritually Health Get rid of what enslaves you. Find spiritual health and well-being by discovering personal freedom. Don't be defeated by your life circumstances. Here's how to change your life for good. Inspired by Rabbi Karyn Kedar's new ...

posted 6:24:14pm Mar. 27, 2014 | read full post »

You Can Have A Better Marriage
You Can Have a Better Marriage By Susan Diamond, Prayables Some people have a stupendous, fireworks on the Fourth of July marriage. Others have a miserable, cry me a river marriage that really stinks. The rest, fit not-so-neatly in-between. ...

posted 2:08:09pm Mar. 19, 2014 | read full post »

Living Life Outside the Box
Contributed by Susan Good, Visit Gramma Good at I believe in living my life outside the box. I know many women of all ages don’t feel as I do and live inside the box their entire lives. Life inside the box means ...

posted 5:03:30pm Mar. 07, 2014 | read full post »

Is There a Future for Religion?
Written By Susan Diamond, Publisher of Prayables, an online spiritual community for people of all faiths. Is There a Future for Religion? If I hear one more self-righteous matron bitch and moan about the religious morals of young people ...

posted 10:27:07pm Feb. 19, 2014 | read full post »

Happy Life: 10 Tips & Observations from Gramma Good’s Mother
Contributed by Susan Good Visit Gramma Good at I call my mom at least once a day. Today we talked about buying a scrabble app for her computer. Ninety- two years old and my mother is going to play scrabble on her Mac! ...

posted 11:28:18am Feb. 11, 2014 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.