Words to the Wise
I've found a line of fridge magnets that I'm quite enjoying. They show the cheesy Happy Housewife you'd find in magazine and newspaper advertising of the 1950's, often with her perfect children, their fresh and healthy cheeks slightly touched up with pink. The two I have so far: Mom sits smiling down at her two daughters, who gaze adoringly upward. Caption: "Remember: The better you do, the More they Expect." This one is particularly apt for the parents of teens. If your children are not yet teens, make this your motto now, and be less than perfect while you are still setting precedents! Miss the odd band practice, forget to get the desired shirt washed in time, tell them you'd rather read a book than coach softball this year, scrimp and save to get yourself that little something extra instead of spending it on some vital-but-fleeting item for a child. (Better yet - let them do the scrimping and saving!) The second one shows smiling, perfectly coiffed mom sitting on a stool in the kitchen, in her immaculate frilly white apron, page-boy collared blouse, and circle skirt. Two children lick the batter from a bowl across the counter. Caption: "I child-proofed my home, but they still get in!" Heeheehee.... Question: should I take them down before the daycare parents see them this evening?