Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My children never did that

My mother often says "Nobody will believe it but my children were perfect".

Supposedly, my mother's children never whined, cried or threw any tantrums. They sat quietly in the car and went to sleep whenever they needed to. They also never needed to learn how to sleep and slept whenever they were told to. Nap times were from 10am-12 and then from 2-4pm again. And then bed time was at 6pm. I'm told that this was the schedule until her children started school.

She's right, I don't believe it.

She doesn't say it to make me feel bad or tell me I'm doing things wrong. She's actually just trying to understand why things are so different with Aaron. The only person who can vouch for her is my father but he can't remember ANYTHING from that far back.

My response to her is either "You were lucky" or "Maybe there was something in the formula!"

Sometimes I tell her that there is nothing to be gained by telling me how perfect I was 30 years ago. Every child is different. And, I think Aaron is perfectly normal at this time.

Still, I have noticed (eavesdropped) from conversations my mother has with her peers, that the parents who are around my parents age have memories of children who were much quieter and slept a lot more. I'm guessing that I'll probably be having those same conversations in 2038.

On a side note, she may have had the perfect children but she's getting her fair share of the normal child now :). HA! HA! HA!


John said...

In my case, it's the other way around. I remember being the perfect child. I don't ever remember getting into trouble like my brothers and sisters. I remember Mom saying, "Why can't you be perfect like your brother John?"

But Mom's getting old and doesn't seem to remember it that way and my sibling have always been jealous that I was the favorite so they would just lie about the way things really were.

Mike said...

"but he can't remember ANYTHING from that far back"

It's a guy thing. For most guys anyway.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

You'll see in 2038 then!

MamaGeek said...

My Mom says the same thing. And she had it way worse than we do. She had cloth diapers and NO DISHWASHER - I guess it's all perspective, eh?

HA HA HA is right! :)