A show that never fails to make me to cry is The Goldbergs. Yes, the show that’s a total throwback to the ’80s that features homages to Star Wars, New Kids on the Block and Double Dare. It gets me every week with the sentimental ways of the family, especially when it comes to the parents.
Yesterday Jason shared that the way his parents raised him led him to do things completely different when he found himself a father eight years ago. Me on the other hand, I would definitely take a page from my mother’s parenting handbook. A single parent who raised three kids in her lifetime, and even took on other kids from time to time – she was very hands off. She insured we had the essentials but she never really got into our personal lives too much believing it was our lives to live. Yeah, there are times you wish you had a parent that would sit down and listen but then you see parents who are actually like that and it makes you shiver.
Growing up Jason C. never wanted kids, but he met a girl who was destined for motherhood and once he hit the big 3-0, he found himself a father. When you become a parent, all you really know is what you learned from your own. With that you either continue with what they did, or run like hell away from their ways and create your own because you’d rather not screw your kid up. Jason decided he had to do almost everything the opposite of what his parents had done with him and today he’s happy with the results as he watched his eight-year-old son continue to grow.
There is something about parents, good parents anyways, that freaks me out. It’s that innate sixth sense they have about their children. The way they can be focused on a conversation in the grocery store, but somehow know their kid is climbing the shelves two rows over to attain an unreachable treat. It’s like something happens hormonally in your body when you are going to have kids that winds up impacting you mentally. Of course not all people who spawn have this. I know people who have created mini humans who are the least parental in the world, but for the most part a lot of people I see are doing what they can because in the end – there is no ideal when it comes to raising a child.