This is kinda, sorta, springing off of our last post about “Be a Good Memory.”
There have been hundreds, maybe thousands, of books which try to “help you be a good parent,” or “better parent.” To help you become the parent you would like to be.
You know I am going to say that there is only one real source for how to become a “better” anything, and that is The Book. Period.
That won’t change.
For the context of this post … there isn’t much out there which writes of “What Kind of Parent You Don’t Want to Be.”
I tried … diligently … to search, online, for “How Many Books on Parenting Have Been Written?” or “How Many Books on Parenting are Written Each Year?”
I couldn’t find the answer, only a list of “Best” or “The Only Parenting Books You Need,” and so forth.
I did find out that nearly 10 Billion “self-improvement” books are sold each year, but I could not find the stats on “Parenting Books.”
So … I’ve had this one brewing for a while, and wanted to share it now:
I won’t go into any specifics about things I’ve witnessed, or what I’ve seen or heard “go on” at teacher/parent conferences … things like yelling, screaming, a parent showing up in pajamas, the word “intoxicated” being mentioned, things being thrown, and so on …
So … Here is “The Kind of Parent I Don’t Want to Be:”
The parent, or parents, are called in to the School for a “Parent/Child Conference.”
At the end … after the parent/parents have left … leaving only the teachers to summarize “what just happened” … one of the teachers says, out loud … what the others are thinking:
“Well, that certainly explains a thing or two.”