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How A Mad TV Video Creates An Aha Parenting Moment

We parents can be a foolish bunch.  We often think the minute there is a birthday, our children automatically take on the behaviors associated with a particular age.  If he’s turning two we think he’s suddenly going to start screaming, “NO!” at the top of his lungs every time we ask a simple question.

If he’s turning three we wait for him to begin throwing himself down in the middle of the supermarket isle with head-banging, tear-faced abandon, when he can’t have a box of Frosted Flakes. Or when at midnight on an eighth birthday they’re suddenly going to pick up a book take to reading with the same intensity that they adore video games.

Sometimes we foolish people known as parents  believe teenage behaviors don’t rear their lovely head until our child passes the birthday which ends in “teen”. God save us if it starts sooner.  God bless us if it never begins at all.  If you happen to be one of those parents with perfect teenagers, I think God balances it by allowing the rest of us parents to dislike you and make fun of your clothes.

Being one of the foolish parents, imagine my surprise when it dawns on me that Brian is exhibiting teen behavior, NOW while he’s still 12.  But wait, I shake my fist at God.  It can’t be happening yet.  I’m not ready.  It’s  like the universe has thrown me into the middle of a cold teenage lake and yelled, “Swim!”

My “aha Brian is a teenager” moment occurred after he watched the following video for the 4,000 time:

(If the above video isn’t working for you, it can be viewed by clicking here: MadTV Stuart on YouTube)

Well folks, guess what he likes practicing now?

Thus my aha moment.

My son is either now officially a teenager, or a small grown man masquerading as a Rugby player.

Until next time-



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About Catherine, the redhead mom blogger

Catherine’s hopes to make this blog a safe place for thyroid sufferers to come laugh and share the funnier side of thyroid disease while raising awareness around the world. She is a published author, known for her humorous speeches on finding your dream life and blogging for fun and profit. Catherine writes about her dream life at, 8 Women Dream and several online marketing publications. She would also like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations. Catherine posts on M/W/F. Join me on Google+ rapieress@aol.com

7 Responses to How A Mad TV Video Creates An Aha Parenting Moment

  1. kb March 9, 2008 at 5:46 am #

    Cath, remember….. When they turn 1 year old, it’s because they have lived a whole year… not that they are beginning to be one year old. When they turn 13 it’s actually that they have COMPLETED their 13th year and are now onto their 14th. So Brian has been a teenager for nearly a year. …Now the fun really starts… :-) Fart sounds are just the beginning… kb

  2. Jeremy Neal March 9, 2008 at 3:31 pm #

    I imagine that video was funny for you the first few times, but then I can totally see it driving you insane. Twelve was a hard year for Chani, and thirteen hasn’t been much better. My mom is a high school principal, and she says that we’re in for it until they get through 10th grade. In other words, you better buy a lot of wine.

  3. BobG March 9, 2008 at 10:47 pm #

    He’s about the same age I was when puberty struck; by 13 I had to shave every other day. Just wait until he gets really started on being a teen…

  4. Cath March 11, 2008 at 4:38 am #

    Some people have best friends ….and some have sisters who were separated at birth. You would be the latter.  I am going to shine a beacon through our lives like no one ever saw coming. Just you wait … and watching Brian grow into a man will only be the beginning of our amazing lives. God I miss training and traveling with you.  Thanks for the post KB…

  5. Catherine March 11, 2008 at 4:41 am #

    10TH GRADE???? Oh good lord just put the pace maker on my heart right now … God love our children that we’d like to ring their wonderful necks…
    10TH GRADE??? Are you sure? We should get some PHD in parenting when we pass that milestone… or be officially declared a red wine Sommelier (in my case) …. God lord 10th grade? I am still choking down that fur ball…

  6. Catherine March 11, 2008 at 4:44 am #

    Shaving????? Shaving??? Are you trying to give me a stroke here? Bob darlin’ I thought you loved your redhead friend. I could be driven to drink tequila … shi* shaving??? 13???
    I’m verklempt.

  7. BobG March 11, 2008 at 6:11 pm #

    Save the tequila for when you find the magazines he will find interesting in a few short years…

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