Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Parents of the Year? Of course we accept!

Dear Dr. Spock,

I know you passed away in 1998, but I see from your website that you have a team of experts who are ready and able to field questions (sorry I missed the window to speak to the real you; my husband Chuck didn't baste my bun until 2006).

Chuck and I are doing a great job parenting our toddler, Junior. At bath time, I tell Junior all about the large, talking spider that's living in our showerhead. And during the day, Chuck takes Junior on fun-filled outings, like this recent one to a dinosaur park:



The thing is, Chuck and I can't understand why Junior's suddenly using the word "scared" so much. A 20-foot tall dinosaur head with menacing teeth—and a mouth that could swallow you whole—is delightful, right?

And this guy with the dagger-like claws? Why, the better to tickle with, I say!



At a time when Junior is using all his energy to navigate this large, overwhelming world, it's sound technique to throw frightful characters into his pea-sized brain, right? Right?

Whew, thanks. I feel so much better.

Cheers,

The Mullets

19 comments:

Lindy said...

I would like to say that you are very astute in your solicitous views.

I’m sure Junior is jovial and looks with favor on the outings.

See? I can use a thesaurus too. :)

Sheila said...

Definietly mother & father of the year!!

The Peach Tart said...

They kind of scare me.

Pricilla said...

I thought all little boys liked dinosaurs the size of houses.

I see your crutches are gone. Congratulations.

If a spider talked to me I would have my doctor check my medications.....

Grand Pooba said...

Congrats on your Parents of the Year award.

Anne said...

Hey, Junior will be the bravest 1st grader in Mulletville.

mo.stoneskin said...

What about making freaky footsteps on the landing outside his door? I'm sure that developing a slight fear of the paranormal would be healthy too, right? Chuck would vouch for that...

Otter Thomas said...

That dinosaur with the nails kills me. It looks like Jackie Joyner Kersee. Isn't she the one that had the really long nails or what it Flo Jo? I can't even make a good joke.

A Mom on Spin said...

what will they put in Mulletville next?

Mad Woman said...

Are Dinosaurs the local mascot or something? You must have oodles of terrified children running around. I can see Junior is having a wonderful time!!

Lidian said...

The head with the cave-like opening reminds me of a wax museum in Niagara Falls that has a giant gaping mouth with teeth for an entrance - at least it did back in 1985 when I had the dubious pleasure of visiting it. There is a lovely photo of me posing with it. I am holding onto one of its front fangs, frozen with a mixture of anxiety and nervous giggles (a common pairing, in my case)

FoN said...

Uh...where exactly is this park? I would use THAT as the threat. "Finish your dinner or I'll take you to the park!"

blognut said...

I think you're supposed to scare your kids, and tease them, too. You're supposed to make them WANT to move out when they turn 18.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

My theory, when I used to take my toddler to visit the Crypt Keeper at Spencer's around Halloween, was that by facing it, it would eliminate the fear.
It didn't work, but it was a great theory.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Apparently we need to move to Mulletville. Princess Nagger would never want to leave that park.

:)

Joanie M said...

I'd nominate you in a heartbeat!

Marinka said...

it's nice to visit the inlaws.

rachel... said...

I made my kids watch Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds last night. :)

atiredwife said...

I think I'm going to have bad dreams about those dinosaurs tonight!

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