Comedy gold: The worst day evah

posted at 2:00 pm on November 21, 2008 by Allahpundit

To cleanse the palate. I’ve watched it three times and still can’t decide if it’s real or not. If it’s fake, it’s superbly well acted — er, except for the girl in the orange shirt. If it’s real, why’s it hitting the ‘Net six months after the finale?

Exit admission: Exactly what election night was like at my house. Minus the David Archuleta shirt, natch.

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right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 2:31 PM

I’ve already started preaching the dating rules. Rule #1: All potential dates must meet the parental units prior to said date.

KelliD on November 21, 2008 at 2:56 PM

I don’t have daughters as yet (or sons, but that’s neither here nor there) but I thought Uncle Buck demonstrated some things about dating very well.

(laugh) “Come on in, young man, and check out the gun collection.” I plan on pointing out to my daughter if she really likes the guy – then by all means preserve his life by giving me now reason to cause the boy harm. (Overstatement, but any dads reading know exactly what I’m saying.)

kybowexar on November 21, 2008 at 2:59 PM

That’s the way I was when the Longhorns lost to Texas Tech.

Matticus Finch on November 21, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Right there with you. Suddenly, I had some idea how USC fans felt in 2005 — which gave me some comfort, to know just HOW BAD it must have stung those Trojan chumps when Vince pulled that one out for us!

Hook ’em!
RegularJoe
Class of ’83

RegularJoe on November 21, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Sounds like my house on election night, but I screamed more.

Hening on November 21, 2008 at 3:00 PM

(Overstatement, but any dads reading know exactly what I’m saying.)

kybowexar on November 21, 2008 at 2:59 PM

My dad used to joke about opening the door with a gun, repeatedly. I wouldn’t expect anything else from a father.

Esthier on November 21, 2008 at 3:03 PM

Ha! Wait, did Obama win because we forgot to text our vote to Fox?

CP on November 21, 2008 at 3:05 PM

How funny.

But for grownups, the election was worse.

Mercy4Me on November 21, 2008 at 3:09 PM

if McCain had won, that would’ve been the consensus reaction on the Left throughout the country and world

jp on November 21, 2008 at 3:09 PM

I think they are from Minnesota.

bloggless on November 21, 2008 at 3:11 PM

My dad used to joke about opening the door with a gun, repeatedly. I wouldn’t expect anything else from a father.

Esthier on November 21, 2008 at 3:03 PM

My daddy chased one of my ex-boyfriends around the yard with a lead pipe. He made the mistake of visiting my window after midnight. It was classic. I can laugh now, but back then, I thought it was the end of the world.

HornetSting on November 21, 2008 at 3:11 PM

I think they are from Minnesota.

bloggless on November 21, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Lizard people, perhaps?

HornetSting on November 21, 2008 at 3:12 PM

… “Come on in, young man, and check out the gun collection.”…

kybowexar on November 21, 2008 at 2:59 PM

I once dated a young lady whose parents insisted I come and meet with her father before we left on our date. He asked me to sit down, and as he was opening a drawer asked me my name. “My name is Joe, sir”. He reached into the drawer and pulled out a 12-guage shotgun shell and a felt-tipped pen. As he s-l-o-w-l-y wrote my name on the shell, he asked “so, what are you youngsters planning to do this evening?” As I went over the evening’s agenda, he rolled the shell between his thumb and forefinger, rising when I finished to place the shell on the mantle. Then he turned and looked me right in the eye. “Take good care of my little girl. Remember, you are responsible for her safety and her honor.”

Gulp.

It worked well enough on me that I planned on doing the same thing with my daughters; but kids these days don’t “go out on dates” much like we did then. They go places as a group, and pair up away from parental supervision. And all it takes is one kid in the group to have parents who are lax about supervising what goes on at their house for things to get out of hand. The best you can do is pass on your wisdom to your kids and pray like crazy (if you don’t believe in prayer, you can try “hoping for the best”; but in my side-by-side comparison tests, prayer blows hoping away by a mile).

RegularJoe on November 21, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Future democrat voters.

csdeven on November 21, 2008 at 3:13 PM

HornetSting on November 21, 2008 at 3:12 PM

Don’t start THAT again.

Did you notice that odor you smelled has left?

Momma must have made lunch.

kingsjester on November 21, 2008 at 3:14 PM

“Come on in, young man, and check out the gun collection.”

Dads think they’ll say that when they have daughters. And they probably will. And it will mostly work. But at some point, one of the young men darling daughter brings will end saying something like that’s a really nice collection, but you should see mine or that’s a nice shotgun, sir, but it doesn’t hold a candle to my Remington 870.

I R A Darth Aggie on November 21, 2008 at 3:14 PM

HornetSting on November 21, 2008 at 3:11 PM
RegularJoe on November 21, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Wow.

Esthier on November 21, 2008 at 3:14 PM

HornetSting on November 21, 2008 at 3:12 PM

Don’t start THAT again.

Did you notice that odor you smelled has left?

Momma must have made lunch.

kingsjester on November 21, 2008 at 3:14 PM

It doesn’t entice said troll, it just makes note that there is a funny smell in the room.

The basement was probably starting to flood.

HornetSting on November 21, 2008 at 3:16 PM

I R A Darth Aggie on November 21, 2008 at 3:14 PM

That’s when my dad would have said, “Welcome to the family, son.”

KelliD on November 21, 2008 at 3:16 PM

HornetSting on November 21, 2008 at 3:11 PM
RegularJoe on November 21, 2008 at 3:13 PM
Wow.

Esthier on November 21, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Texas, Esthier. My dad couldn’t get the ammo loaded fast enough, (I have a little brother. No loaded guns w/o a safe.)

HornetSting on November 21, 2008 at 3:17 PM

Texas, Esthier. My dad couldn’t get the ammo loaded fast enough, (I have a little brother. No loaded guns w/o a safe.)

HornetSting on November 21, 2008 at 3:17 PM

I’m Texan as well (never lived in any other state and love it), but my father’s side if all from Wisconsin so that might explain his hesitance at actually following through with his claims.

Esthier on November 21, 2008 at 3:19 PM

I saw this yesterday on DListed.com. Me thinks their are secret Michael K fans lurking here (besides me). He really is a mean funny b+tch.

Marcus on November 21, 2008 at 3:21 PM

OMG laughing so hard I have tears in my eyes!

SlimyBill on November 21, 2008 at 3:22 PM

Amazing how many Texans there are on this blog.

Uhm…I’m wondering if it is because we are not only opinionated, but happy to share them….

Nah.

I’d not truly hurt the boy, but RegularJoe – I agree with you about the praying part. The thing I want most for my kids is that they truly love and honor God.

If my wife and I get that going – the rest is a bit easier I think.

kybowexar on November 21, 2008 at 3:24 PM

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 2:31 PM

I’ve already started preaching the dating rules. Rule #1: All potential dates must meet the parental units prior to said date.

KelliD on November 21, 2008 at 2:56 PM

That was an unbreakable rule.
And it was not just a “howdy”.
They came in, greeted me (and it better be a handshake and a look in the eye”, greet the mom. We always had a snack, cheese and crackers, soda, tea, something and he better say thank you to the mom. And we talked a bit, just casual talk about school or his activities.
We were so strict and predictable, and my daughter knew the routine and forewarned the date. One time I sent the date back out to the car to think about how best to “re-present” himself in our house, that we invited him into. The school got wind of it, and we had the “nicest” boys arrive to date our daughter.
To this day she thanks us for what she hated. We were to be treated with respect, so she was to be treated with respect…and the people she works with have respect.

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Yes Virginia, there IS birth control. This video is it.

Spiritk9 on November 21, 2008 at 3:26 PM

My dad used to joke about opening the door with a gun, repeatedly. I wouldn’t expect anything else from a father.

Esthier on November 21, 2008 at 3:03 PM

My dad didn’t have a gun, but he used to make knives and more than one of my dates was treated to the sight of him in the carport using a whetstone to sharpen a blade roughly the length and width of my forearm.

Quisp on November 21, 2008 at 3:26 PM

Allah has a house?

HYTEAndy on November 21, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Texas, Esthier. My dad couldn’t get the ammo loaded fast enough, (I have a little brother. No loaded guns w/o a safe.)

HornetSting on November 21, 2008 at 3:17 PM
I’m Texan as well (never lived in any other state and love it), but my father’s side if all from Wisconsin so that might explain his hesitance at actually following through with his claims.

Esthier on November 21, 2008 at 3:19 PM

I got transplanted from Texas to NM. Daddy would have KILLED him if he could catch him, by lead pipe OR gun.

HornetSting on November 21, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Remember guys- that woman you’re dating or married to? She was once like this. Yes, even her. Yes, I know she denies it.

Hollowpoint on November 21, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Saw this on Fox last night during “Red Eye”. I think Guttfeld’s comment was “It’s like the OJ verdict for pre-teens.”

jon1979 on November 21, 2008 at 3:33 PM

Future democrat voters.

csdeven on November 21, 2008 at 3:13 PM

More seriously, future mothers of America.

Schadenfreude on November 21, 2008 at 3:34 PM

Comedy gold: The worst day evah

More like tragi-comedy acid.

Schadenfreude on November 21, 2008 at 3:35 PM

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 3:25 PM

The rule for our son is that he has to meet the parents of any girl he’d like to date.

KelliD on November 21, 2008 at 3:35 PM

My dad used to joke about opening the door with a gun, repeatedly. I wouldn’t expect anything else from a father.

“Son, I just want you to know that I have no problem going back to prison”

E9RET on November 21, 2008 at 3:40 PM

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 3:25 PM

The rule for our son is that he has to meet the parents of any girl he’d like to date.

KelliD on November 21, 2008 at 3:35 PM

The lecture I give my son would mirror (with obvious changes) what I would tell my daughter. He best not do anything that would cause me to bring him to harm. I expect him to behave.

kybowexar on November 21, 2008 at 3:40 PM

My dad used to joke about opening the door with a gun, repeatedly. I wouldn’t expect anything else from a father.

“Son, I just want you to know that I have no problem going back to prison”

E9RET on November 21, 2008 at 3:40 PM

People are wondering why I have Dr. Pepper all over my self!

Hilarious….

kybowexar on November 21, 2008 at 3:41 PM

My dad used to joke about opening the door with a gun, repeatedly. I wouldn’t expect anything else from a father.

Esthier on November 21, 2008 at 3:03 PM

My husband always has some plan in place to grill some boy coming to the door for one of our teenaged daughters, but never seems to follow through. Subtle gun threats, “I was in the military”, or “I’ve seen combat, so you wouldn’t want to be there when I’m having a flashback”-bwahahaha~please-,etc… In the end it’s mom that does the heavy lifting. I simply hold out my hand palm up and wiggle my fingers. My girls laugh and the boys think I’m making a rude gesture. Till the girls tell them to pay attention and look at my face. (My mom taught me the art of STINK EYE) I say, “Listen, that’s my little girl your leaving here with and she’s a nice girl and a virgin and she better come home that way. Because I don’t want to go back to prison for ripping another boys balls off with my bare hands again.” And I leave the room.
I’m 5’2″ and don’t look very menacing, but it always seems to scare the heck out of these boys coming from me. Go figure.

right2bright-I suspect you are a beloved parent. I’ve noticed a lot of your comments that show a great pride in parenting; in this day and age of the all about me parents it’s very heart warming indeed.

mauioriginal on November 21, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Archuleta needs to make an appearance at their school and give them each a big hug.

LOL

FireBlogger on November 21, 2008 at 3:54 PM

mauioriginal on November 21, 2008 at 3:52 PM

I’m 45, don’t think I live near you, married and not dating your daughter – and you scared me!

I’m thinking those boys are indeed frightened. Your daughters must be wonderful if they get any repeats. (laugh)

R2B – I second her observation. You sound like a good parent.

kybowexar on November 21, 2008 at 3:58 PM

My first date had kind of an interesting start. The young man arrived to pick me up. He came in, met my father, and escorted me out to his car. Later he asked me if I thought my father was trying to “send him a message” by having an automatic handgun sitting on the coffee table with all the bullets lined up next to it. I told him that I didn’t think he should read anything into it since Dad had guns all over the house and they were often left out once I got old enough to understand not to touch them. Afterwards I asked my father about it. He just smiled.

Jill1066 on November 21, 2008 at 4:00 PM

RegularJoe on November 21, 2008 at 3:13 PM

That’s the best I’ve ever heard!!
Gotta try that one.

mauioriginal on November 21, 2008 at 4:01 PM

AP,

The Attack of the Show version was even better. They chromakeyed Kevin into the shot wearing pink pajamas. Almost as good as the Cobra commander spot.

John on November 21, 2008 at 4:01 PM

My daddy chased one of my ex-boyfriends around the yard with a lead pipe. He made the mistake of visiting my window after midnight. It was classic. I can laugh now, but back then, I thought it was the end of the world.

HornetSting on November 21, 2008 at 3:11 PM

I jumped from a second story window when I was eighteen under similar circumstances.

Wasn’t anything funny about it.

DeweyWins on November 21, 2008 at 4:09 PM

American Idol,and Canadian Idol should be banished I say!
(Snark!)haha.

canopfor on November 21, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Seriously? There’s a Canadian Idol?

m2 on November 21, 2008 at 4:10 PM

Your daughters must be wonderful if they get any repeats. (laugh)

Nah, they’re rotten little sh!…actually they are quite spectacular, even if they do try my patience once in a while. But that’s what teenagers are for.
Oddly enough the boys always come back for more and seem to like to hang around my house. Some where along the way I guess I’ve done something right, or stocked my fridge really well.

mauioriginal on November 21, 2008 at 4:16 PM

mauioriginal on November 21, 2008 at 4:16 PM

They probably like being around authentic adults – might not be getting that at home. It is wonderful to a kid to be treated correctly by an adult – to know you’ve earned that respect.

I’ve never understood parents who want to be liked. They are your kids, not your friends.

kybowexar on November 21, 2008 at 4:28 PM

We have two boys, 10 and 6, who often seem like complete idiots to us, despite our best efforts. Then when I see other kids their age acting equally idiotic, or worse, I think, okay, maybe we don’t sssuuuuuuucccckkk!!! as parents after all.

Raising children is a weird thing. Love it though.

pugwriter on November 21, 2008 at 4:28 PM

“HOW CAN THEY VOTE FOR A GUY THAT DOESN’T EVEN SHAVE!!!!”

HA!!!

Just wait until you’re a bit older, kid.

I teach girls (and boys) @ this age. True to form. This is the female version of getting smacked down playing Halo on xBox live.

robblefarian on November 21, 2008 at 4:29 PM

Do any of you parents recognize this feeling:

You’re at your kids school open house and the teacher lays it on about how helpful, cheery and contented your kid is in class. He pays attention and participates. And that he is so respectful of others and you and your spouse look at each other then turn back to the teacher and say, “Are you sure you’re talking about MY kid?”

pugwriter on November 21, 2008 at 4:35 PM

Yep, election night. LOL!!!!

Oink on November 21, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Do any of you parents recognize this feeling:

You’re at your kids school open house and the teacher lays it on about how helpful, cheery and contented your kid is in class. He pays attention and participates. And that he is so respectful of others and you and your spouse look at each other then turn back to the teacher and say, “Are you sure you’re talking about MY kid?”

pugwriter on November 21, 2008 at 4:35 PM

Yes – only because I can recall my mother asking the same thing after hearing mine and my sister’s praises being sung by teachers (or other parents after we’d stayed the night or something). They’d go on about how hardworking and polite we are. Polite, my mother knew-because she was a Southern woman and her children will be polite-or dead. Their choice.

The hardworking, clean, and all that- she’d say – “Uhm, you mean mine?”

It happens. It means you are a decent parent of decent kids. (laugh)

kybowexar on November 21, 2008 at 4:44 PM

Wow, with that reaction, you’d think that these young girls watched their best friend die in their arms in the field of battle….

No wait, that was me.

leetpriest on November 21, 2008 at 4:49 PM

Having teenagers makes you understand why some animals eat their young.

milwife88 on November 21, 2008 at 4:49 PM

Not God bless American Idol! Naw naw naw, God DAMN American Idol!

Typhonsentra on November 21, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Yep, election night. LOL!!!!

Oink on November 21, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Except that Cook won by more votes than Obama (12M vs. 9M)! Go figure!

Christian Conservative on November 21, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Comedy gold!

I thought the tall, skinny one was going to pee her pants during the buildup to the announcement of the winner.

Yeah, pretty much like our house on election night, but with vodka/tonics instead of Cheetos.

Blue-eyed Infidel on November 21, 2008 at 5:07 PM

CurtZHP on November 21, 2008 at 2:27 PM

As a mom of two daughters, you can count on this type of behavior dude.

Trust me.

Blue-eyed Infidel on November 21, 2008 at 5:11 PM

pugwriter on November 21, 2008 at 4:35 PM

Wait till it’s other parents asking how you get your kids to behave so well and if you’d be interested in a switch. Buddy, they don’t seem that sweet and polite at home with me. And when we switch they wont be sweet angels for you either. Meanwhile, it’s nice to be able to tell someone else that their child is polite and wonderful when in your home too.
Never too great to have to stand there with your lips pulled tight because you don’t want to tell them what a monster their kid was and that they shouldn’t wait by the phone for another invite for a playdate anytime soon. I’m soooo glad that my kids know when and where to behave. NEVER have any of my three acted up in public. I suppose that’s because unlike the moms that need Super Nanny’s help, I don’t just sit there in a supermarket or restaurant looking helpless while a 6yo is in meltdown mode…swift swat on the fanny and you can kiss goodbye whatever it was you were so desperate to have. My kids wear the WWMD braclets…What Would Mom Do. Mom is the BOSS. Know it, Like it, suck it up, deal with it. It ain’t gonna change in this life time. I brought your little butt into this world and I’ll quickly take it out if need be. (Didn’t I say before I was only 5’2″-I had kids with a guy 6’4″~I learned early I had to assert myself or I was in trouble. My girls tower over me.)

mauioriginal on November 21, 2008 at 5:16 PM

…my wife and I had a late-life daughter…6 years old now…already a diva….

…three boys…all pretty standard…two all grown up now…and then her….

…with this as evidence, in about 7 or 8 years…it’s gonna really suck to be me….

Puritan1648 on November 21, 2008 at 5:26 PM

…the girl in the orange shirt…she’s just not taking it that seriously…an American Idol loss is just not a major speed bump in her life….

…no…she plans to grow up, keep her wits about her…go to Yale Law…marry some rube from an easily manipulated state…get him elected on up the food chain…and one day rule the world….

…her White House codeword, 2034? “Archuleta”….

Puritan1648 on November 21, 2008 at 5:29 PM

Fun to see the distaff counterparts to Palin fanboys.

benny shakar on November 21, 2008 at 5:39 PM

More seriously, future mothers of America.

Schadenfreude on November 21, 2008 at 3:34 PM

As long as they marry conservative husbands, they might have a chance to get with reality. Where are their mothers?

csdeven on November 21, 2008 at 6:35 PM

I weep for our future.

Pilgrimsarbour on November 21, 2008 at 6:48 PM

You say that, but girls are great…………………………….. I know the last moment of my life, I will be thought of me “dancing” with my daughter.

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Very touching posting, R2B. Kudos to you.

Red State State of Mind on November 21, 2008 at 6:54 PM

That’s how I felt all of last year’s ND football season. Not feeling much better this year.

sheesh on November 21, 2008 at 8:29 PM

Buckeye fans, behold your future…

righteouschops on November 21, 2008 at 8:35 PM

If my kids had acted that way at that age over meaningless crap like that, I would have slit my wrists. No wonder the high school kids I see all the time are so out-of-control. My God, what have parents become?

Raising children is not a black art. It takes work, but it’s actually relatively simple, and works by applying just a few basic rules: Live decent lives yourself, set clear rules, provide consistent consequences for violating the rules and never fail to apply them, read to them daily, spend lots of time with them, show them what’s worthwhile in life, never badmouth them or yell at them. Oh, and pray for them regularly. Do that, and your kids will not look anything like the out-of-control, narcissistic brats I just watched in that video.

Good God.

philwynk on November 21, 2008 at 9:57 PM

You’re at your kids school open house and the teacher lays it on about how helpful, cheery and contented your kid is in class. He pays attention and participates. And that he is so respectful of others and you and your spouse look at each other then turn back to the teacher and say, “Are you sure you’re talking about MY kid?”

pugwriter on November 21, 2008 at 4:35 PM

It’s because there are personal issues at home that they don’t have to face anywhere else, and are not comfortable bringing up anywhere else. The way your kids behave with others now is the way they’ll behave generally when they’re grown. The teacher’s report is telling you that you’re doing a good job.

Well done.

philwynk on November 21, 2008 at 10:02 PM

Umm, some of you are way too hard on little girls. This was Hee-lar-ee-us, and they’re fine. Pretty nice moms not to be lauging their asses off at them. Nothing is funnier than a kid screaming “Stop Laughing!!!!!” while they’re sobbing. Ahh, some of my fondest memories;-)

melda on November 21, 2008 at 10:22 PM

Is this Chris Matthews house?

Baxter Greene on November 21, 2008 at 10:35 PM

The future of America…

I guess the MSM must have actually reported that Archuleta’s songs would bankrupt the coal industry.

Grafted on November 21, 2008 at 10:59 PM

c’mon, people — they are just children — have you forgotten? have to bring up your dad with a gun? please. a bunch of lovely children. c’mon.

albertpale on November 21, 2008 at 11:02 PM

My husband teaches high school and coaches girls. He always warns his player to stay away from boys because “they are sleazy dogs”! He speaks from experience- we’ve been together since high school and he was one of them. LOL!
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Now we have 2 grown daughters in their late 20’s and when their dates would come to meet us, my husband didn’t need a gun. For decades he has kept those spring hand grip excercise things in the car & he reaches for them out of habit when he’s bored. So along with the “you are responsible for bringing them home safely AND in the same condition they’re in now” speech, he used to deliver an effortless bone crushing handshake.
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Now, more than 10 years later, when they come back to visit, they’re surprised when their handshake doesn’t result in pain. They inevitably repeat the same story about how “that night I was in so much pain I couldn’t even play miniature golf, my hand was useless!” My husband just smiles and says, “That’s called a winning strategy.”

NightmareOnKStreet on November 21, 2008 at 11:21 PM

right2bright-I suspect you are a beloved parent. I’ve noticed a lot of your comments that show a great pride in parenting; in this day and age of the all about me parents it’s very heart warming indeed.

mauioriginal on November 21, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Thanks, but I just followed the lead of my wife, a great mother…we were always lockstep (maybe not behind closed doors, but in front of the kids we were a wall).
My kids had two goals in life that I gave them…honor each other, and they do.
The other was “When you grow up, I want your neighbors to say they are glad you live next door.”
Everything else falls into place, be a good neighbor and honor your family.
They’ve been model prisoners, so I suspect they will get out early on good behavior.

right2bright on November 22, 2008 at 12:53 AM

If my kids had acted that way at that age over meaningless crap like that, I would have slit my wrists. No wonder the high school kids I see all the time are so out-of-control. My God, what have parents become?

philwynk on November 21, 2008 at 9:57 PM

I would bet most any money that those girls are great students, probably at the top of the class. They know how to have fun, the moms are there to support them, and to tease them. You can see they are confident, squirrely 13 year olds. They are acting just like they should…and when they are 30, mom hauls out the video and they all roar with laughter.
That video, to me, showed me what a family is all about…it brought back some great memories of my kids.

right2bright on November 22, 2008 at 12:58 AM

to the Wrongborn: His knee was down.

corona on November 22, 2008 at 9:53 AM

c’mon, people — they are just children — have you forgotten? have to bring up your dad with a gun? please. a bunch of lovely children. c’mon.

I’m with you on this one, albertpale. I’ve dealt with boys and girls at this stage (no kids of my own, biologically, but a couple I took in whenever their mother abdicated, a couple of stepchildren). Both genders have different ways of acting out as they go through the gauntlet that is puberty, but none of these behaviors are reflections of their true character (excepting those examples that do actual harm to themselves or others).

Come on! Even if you don’t have kids of your own, try to remember learning to handle the onslaught of chemicals coursing through your brain that comes with adolescence. It’s much like having someone sneak drugs into your drink; suddenly your body and mind are doing things in your name, unbidden, and you alternately struggle to control it and go overboard in embracing it all. If this is the worst your own kids ever go through, then you are blessed. There’s no reason to belittle kids for acting a bit silly under the influence of endocrine fluctuations, particularly since it’s a necessary stage of growth. Girls tend to become emotionally involved with androgynous pop stars, boys tend to become psychotically angry at video games and create life sized homages to the Master Chief to hang on their walls. So what?

Please don’t ridicule your kids as they go through natural stages. I’m begging you. I’m sure most parents learn this in time, but the ones that don’t do so much harm to egos at their most fragile.

ral514 on November 22, 2008 at 3:57 PM