Parenting is not for the faint of heart

August 27, 2008

I know that it is crucial that kids can come to their parents with any question, at any time.  Despite questioning my proficiency in many other areas of parenting, this is one I think I have down-pat.  Unfortunately this can create a hot-seat I must endure, often and without warning.

On the one hand … I am thrilled that Haley and I talk freely about boys, crushes, friends and being fashionable (hahaha with me?  well, she has faith in me 😛 and questionable taste!)

On the other hand … I get to answer questions like, “Mama?  What is…. (consider yourself warned if you click through!)

“What is a teabag?”



“Well, thank you for asking me that Haley.  I am so proud you came to me to ask that, but can I consult Nana before I answer that?  Yes, it’s naughty so it puts me in an AWKWARD position between answering your question and preserving your innocence.”

“Yeah, sure, Mama.  But I want to know!”

After careful consideration (and telling Nana what it was!) I prefaced it with “this is not a word for kids to use and not an activity for kids to do.”  I told her that I will answer ANY question she has but the answer is for her only.  She is not to share these tidbits with her friends.  The last thing I need is a call from some enraged parent wondering why the hell my daughter is telling their kid about teabagging.  GOOD GOD!

She understood.  She agreed.  We shaked on it.  We hugged.  I told her.  She gasped.  She was horrified. 

End of story.

Parenthood is so …. um… interesting.



  1. That makes two of us that were horrified. What in the world do parents let their 11 year old children watch on TV that they would hear something like that?? GADS.

  2. Jesus.

    Lets just hope she doesn’t ask what a roman soldier helmet is.

  3. Classy, Steve. Of course I looked that up, and now I have another lovely image floating around in my head.

  4. O.K. Now I will have to look both of these things up and no doubt be horrified.. :/

  5. HAHAHAHA!!! I know you already told me this story but I SWEAR it will NEVER get old!

  6. Ewwwww…thanks Steve. I just looked that up…Ewwwwwwwwwww.

  7. “Great question, honey! I am so glad you can come to me about things like this! A teabag holds leaves that can be brewed in to a beverage. So, ah… how was your math test?”

    She is only one year ahead of my son! I’m not sure what a panic attack feels like, but I seem to be having a little trouble breathing properly.

  8. Pink…. she knew it had nothing to do with hot beverages. A couple of 11 year old boys asked her if she wanted a tea bag for dinner. She’s already got a bead on the brains of boys – she KNEW it was something naughty.

    Of course, we also talked about how to handle those questions in the future. “I know what that means and I don’t want you to talk like that around me. Please stop or I will have to tell.”


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