Happy Family Sunday! Three cheers for ‘Team Mom and Dad’! Today on November 13th, we celebrate National Mom and Dad’s Day!
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are set aside to recognize and honor each individually with their own special day, but Mom and Dad’s Day has been established to spotlight the “Mom & Dad Team”, the combined unit together. And in an increasingly fractured society, isn’t that what we need more of — Moms and Dads working together — to restore family values and home life for our children and the future?
What better way to observe the day in honor of Team Mom and Dad than celebrating it together with the family? Spending time together with our parents, and with our own children that make us Moms and Dads ourselves.
And who hasn’t been tag-teamed by their Mom and Dad at one time or another?
“Mom, can I do this?” — “Go ask your Father.”
“Dad, can I do this?” — “Go ask your Mother.”
“Mom, Dad said to ask you again. Can I do this?” — “Well, if your Father says it is okay.”
“Dad, Mom said I could do it if it’s okay with you.” — “Well, it’s really up to your Mother.”
“Mom, Dad said it was up to you.” — “Well, I don’t know, dear. Check back with your Father.”
A time-tested routine that works almost every time. Because sooner or later, most kids just give up somewhere between the family room and the kitchen and just say “never mind.” Another victory for “Team Mom and Dad”. The ability to say “No” without actually saying so. Kind of like a Pocket Veto.
Of course, the strategy for overcoming the tag team defense was to do an end-around and catch Mom and Dad together in the same room. Sometimes it would result in a score. But risking a numbers game, other times the end-around strategy could backfire and result in a brutal rejection, like a guarded basketball net, when they had you outnumbered two to one in the same room.
But since it was the only play in the kid playbook with any chance of success, after the third or fourth round trip to the kitchen it was the only option available other than giving up entirely, which is what the tag team defense was designed to achieve in the first place. Of course, I suppose the object of the game on both sides was to wear the opponent down until they submitted. But in a single contest, parents most always have the numbers on their side.
I speak of this now after having raised four children of my own and having experienced the game from both sides of the field. My parents were accomplished masters at the tag team game. We never quite achieved their level of success in establishing the impenetrable tag team defense with our children, which my parents seemed so easily adept at and able to pull off each time. But then again, they always had me outnumbered, dealing with only one opponent because my sister was much older and already enlisted on their side.
Our four children had the distinct advantage of being able to work in tag teams of their own, applying relentless pressure on the defense. We seemed to invariably get trapped by the vaunted end-arounds by our kids, cornered on the couch and surrounded on all four sides. When the question before the court was not a life or death issue, relenting frequently seemed the only reasonable chance of emerging from the encounter with our sanity and scalps still intact. So maybe it is a numbers game, after all.
“One of the most important things we adults can do for young children is to model the kind of person we would like them to be.” — Carol B. Hillman
So let’s celebrate the dedication and love of Moms and Dads together, and hats off and huzzahs for the Mom and Dad Team! And to single parents who lovingly and determinedly wear the hats of both roles. Parenting is not an easy job and doesn’t come with an instruction book. And no child seems to arrive complete with an operator’s manual. But the rewards are priceless.
Today is a special day to do something nice for Mom and Dad, or to treat yourself and children to a celebration day of ‘Team Family’.
November 13th is also World Kindness Day. Practicing and Teaching kindness and compassion right in your home is a great place to start. Children live what they learn, and learn by what they see. Moms and Dads — do a random act of kindness for someone, and show the kids how it’s done! And you don’t need to go far. Mother Teresa put it well — ” Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” Start right in your own family — today.
Happy Moms and Dads Day! Happy Kindness Day! Happy Family Day!
Wishing everyone a beautiful autumn and family Sunday celebrating Moms and Dads and Kindness — together!
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