Parenting is such a roller coaster ride. There are times when we need to be serious, times when I need to teach my boys, and a time to laugh.
The longer I do this parenting thing, the more I realize the sage advice sprinkled throughout the great comedy “Caddyshack.”
1 | “You’ll get nothing and like it!”
Let’s start with one of my favorites. I’m a dad to a five- year-old and an eight-year-old. It seems as if my life is just a series of questions, since one of my two boys is always asking me for something. A new toy, candy, water – all those annoying things they constantly nag me for. I just reply with this.
2 | “Well, the world needs ditch diggers, too!”
My next observation as a parent and coach has to do with work ethic. I am constantly hearing kids nowadays proclaiming what they want to be when they grow up: I’m going to be a wide receiver for the Colts! I’m going to be a pro hockey player! etc. Once the time comes and the hard work begins, the excuses start flying: I’m tired! I already did blah blah blah! I want you to do it with me! One quote usually snaps them back to reality:
I always enjoy the look I get, sometimes from my wife, too.
3 | “A flute with no holes is not a flute, and a donut with no hole is a danish.”
At times as parents we just need to wax poetic. This is always one of my go to scenes; makes me sound enlightened and stuff.
4 | “Next time be more careful!”
Stuff is always getting broken in our house. Windows, frames, beds, glassware, I seem to utter this phrase daily, and twice on the weekends
Thanks Judge Smails!
5 | “Oh, it looks good on you though…”
So we as humans are all different. We have different hair, eyes, skin complexion, age, beauty…One thing we try to teach our boys is to treat everyone with respect, and treat them as you would want to be treated…Even if that means stretching the truth a bit to make someone feel welcome and good about themselves…
“But it looks good on you though…” Ah Al Czervik aka ”Rodney” we miss you.
6 | “Mom! Mom! Danny saw me naked!”
Privacy. We all need a little more of that in life, don’t we? My kids are at the age where they are running around the house naked – getting dressed, post-shower, whatever – and neither wants to let the other see them naked. So rather than just closing the door to their room, or to the bathroom, there’s a screeching fest. Always takes me back to “Caddyshack.”
7 | “So? So? Let’s dance!”
Life is too serious sometimes. My kids are great at reminding me what life is all about. Yes, we all have to work, we all have to volunteer to help others, but there are times when we just need to get down and boogie.
8 | “Cannonball coming!”
As parents, our lives are busy. Very busy. T-ball to this, rush to that, pick up this kid and bring him here. By the end of the week my spouse and I are like…
9 | “Stop thinking. Let things happen. And be the ball.”
In this age of enlightenment that I keep reading about, we as humans are supposed to be more in touch with our spirituality than at any time in the modern era. Not sure I am seeing that with my kids, as we are constantly working on focus, staying on a task and completing that task. At times challenging them to be in sync with what is happening around them…
Wiser advice has never been given. Thanks, Ty!