Friday, August 8th, 2008...3:56 am
#51: The Super Parent Show
The Best Parent Ever is not only better than you, they are master thespians, capable of presenting a powerful “dramatic” work at the slightest hint of another adult’s judgemental eye.
Haven’t we all had to sit through a command performance of “The Super Parent Show?” It’s working title is actually: “Watch Me Parent Better Than You.” It’s like a badly-acted, health-class-style skit in which one parent speaks so “sincerely” and “profoundly” to their child in public that every other parent around is compelled to listen (and “admire”). It would otherwise be comical, if not for how inadequate it makes the rest of us feel.
|In truth, we all know what parents are like when no one is looking — even the most loving forebears yell at their children, ignore them, and sometimes do everything they can to get away from them. But put these same families in a social setting with other parents — say a Mommy & Me, a popular playground, or even… gasp!… a Chuck E. Cheese party — and Mommy Dearest suddenly transforms into the Blessed Mother. Who turned on the bad Afterschool Special? Normally-sane adults are now dealing with Childageddon by beatifically consoling their offspring with textbook-perfect parenting wisdom about emotions and feelings. It’s like watching Super Nanny crap out the Dali Lama on the front stoop of Sesame Street, metaphorically speaking that is.|
So take that, Mike and Carol Brady! You and your other TV parents may be ever-wise and even-tempered family leaders, but you are nowhere near as perfect (and fictional) as this week’s very special episode of The Super Parent Show. As for the intended audience? There is no need to applaud this performance. Just wallow in your own shortcomings as parents, and that will be more than enough acclaim… for the Best Parent Ever.
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