Welcome back to Thursday, as Jodi at The Noise of Boys and I take turns with our True Tales from the Pink & Blue Trenches series. We’ll pick a topic each week about trying to figure out just what is the difference in raising boys (hers) and raising girls (mine) and share our thoughts with you.
This week, it’s my turn here at Home on Deranged to talk about how to know if you are the favorite parent in your house. I’d say it’s a draw most days, although there are a few ways to tell. (To see Jodi discuss who the winner is in her house, see last week’s post here.)
My philosophy on winning the popularity contest with your kids is kind of my philosophy on life: There is no winning, just varying degrees of losing. Because that adorable little moppet who just gave you kisses for being the best mommy ever will quickly become a little gremlin who lands a smack on your arm when you tell her she can’t have any candy before lunch.
As I was pondering the question of who wins – Team Mom or Team Dad – it occurred to me that there are at least five ways to tell if you are the favorite parent in your house.
1) If your child trusts you enough to not only share her food with you but also share her favorite food of french fries, you might be the favorite. Of course, if your child is sharing food that they have already chewed and decided they didn’t like and went ahead and spit it out and shared it with you, this might be more of a “no” vote. But at least you’re still in the running.
2) If your child is willing to push over their younger sibling to give you a kiss while you are sorting through the dirty laundry, you might be the favorite. Of course, this could just be your child’s way of showing dominance over her sibling and therefore retain bragging rights that you were willing to stop your very important chore just to pay attention to her at that. exact. moment. This one could go either way.
3) If your child is willing to go with you into the very deep pool that is not yet sufficiently heated for early spring weather, you might be the favorite. Of course, that child has likely been begging to get in the pool that she considers one big bathtub since the day she laid eyes on it. She has run from you, jumped in without permission and questioned your ability to catch her when she did jump in, but at least she’s willing to let you tag along on her adventure. You might have the advantage here.
4) If your child is willing to let you dress her up in a ridiculous costume, be dragged around to a dozen different fall festivals for your amusement, have her picture taken a bazillion times just to make you happy, allow those pictures to run in a newspaper and then still have to share her trick-or-treat goodies with you, you might be the favorite. Of course, if this child was too young to dress herself or express an opinion on her costume or vote on where she was going to be taken and shown off for your amusement, this likely is not going to go in your favor.
5) If your child has any one grandparent in the house at the same time as you are there, you are NOT the favorite. Ever. In fact, your child will forget your existence until said grandparent has to return home, at which point you will become the worst. person. alive. who made grandma/grandpa leave and they will never likely return. Sorry, but you’re out of luck on this one.
Ever thought about who the favorite parent is in your house? What ways do you use to determine if you’re leading in the race? Share your thoughts with us in the comments because some clarification would be awesome!