Mar. 23, 2017

The Mother's Curse

I have always questioned my parenting skills. I am always worried if I was a good mom, did I do the right things, and was I too strict? Although I didn’t always spank my children, I do/did believe in corporal punishments. If I had to do things over again, I think I would have done the same things except maybe I would have instituted God more into their lives. God is very important to family and childrearing. Even the Almighty believes in spanking our children and disciplining them. He certainly talks about how He frowns on undisciplined children. The correct Biblical phrase is, “If you spare the rod, you will spoil the child.”

I tried to use different techniques though, as I used to say, to keep them guessing. Spankings were a last resort or when it fit the crime. I tried to ignore the little things and concentrate on the bigger issues my children seem to throw at me.

When my daughter was about ten, we were having an argument while I was cooking dinner. I don’t remember the subject but I remember getting frustrated with her constantly nagging me.

How many times have I told this child, “Do not argue with me! You‘ve got to learn to pick your battles and this isn‘t one of them!” I would venture a guess, at least once a day.

I reached into the cabinet and pulled out the bottle of garlic powder. After opening it, I sprinkled some on her head, spit on my index finger and thumb, then made pinching movements above her head and hissed.

“What are you doing?” she demanded.

“I’m giving you the Mother’s Curse!”

“What does that mean?” Amber asked standing with her hands on her hips.

“It means you’re going to have a child just like you,” I answered and then returned to my cooking.

My daughter dropped to her knees and wailed, “No, Mama! Don’t do that to me. Please!”

I kind of snickered but instead of relieving her I said, “Too late. It’s already been done. The curse is in effect.”

Amber got up off the floor and stormed to her room with her arms folded across her chest. “Fine! I just won’t have any children then and it will be all your fault!”

I always laugh when I think about that. Was that good parenting? Knowing she has wanted to be a lawyer since she was five, I’ve allowed her to exercise some of her argumentative skills on minor issues, but that day she was just working my nerves. To me, she wasn’t picking her battles very well.

The time has come to pass and we’ll see if The Curse will be effective. She recently gave birth to a little girl. As precious as that baby is, I can’t help but wonder what kind of mischief she is going to unleash when she gets older. I can’t wait!