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Monday, March 7, 2011

How much is too much?

Cake, wine, sleep.....there are many things that beg the much is too much?  In this weeks blog I am referring to talking.
Earlier last week my husband and I sat down to enjoy a programme with Nigel Latta and his witty advice on how to live with teenagers.  We already have one teenager and another on the way and we certainly feel like we need all the help we can get.  While I chuckled often,  Mr Costello laughed out loud at the top of his lungs the whole time.  So, what was so funny? On closer consideration, it became clear that what Mr Costello was finding entertaining was quite different to what I was enjoying.  He was indeed in fits of laughter at the advice given to mothers to "shut up and say less" when talking to their teenage sons (I was chuckling at the prospect of Mr Costello having a deep and meaningful conversation with the teenage daughter about what was on her mind).
So how much it too much? (in this case I am talking about laughing at me!)
After the programme I discovered that I was in a particularly grumpy mood and this was simply down to the fact that my partner in parenting had "laughed too much" at what he saw as my flawed parenting techniques.  So what if I find it cathartic to berate the 14 year old for at least ten minutes as to the reasons why I find it offensive to see his underwear on the bathroom floor every morning. It makes me feel better....ok so I admit he glazed over at 10 seconds but I am also doing him a great service.  Should my darling boy, somewhere down the track, find himself in a loving relationship with a lovely girl, he is going to have to have developed some strategies to cope with female communication techniques.  Simply put, I am just doing my job as a parent preparing him for life!
So I think Mr Latta....Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus and that is the end of it.  While I recognise my follies, I don't intend to do "much" about it....
And on a different note, Mr Latta does a fantastic job in the art of extemporaneous speaking, a fine example in fact...although, what is with the meaningless pacing back and forth, drop that and you will get 10 out of 10 from me.

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