Same job, different uniform.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Dinner Time at the United Nations

Once in a while a writer seamlessly merges metaphor with stark reality.

What if we raised our kids United Nations style?

If the mothers in the grocery store are any indication, we already do.

If your children don't respond to a threat, repeat it, several times if need be. If they still don't listen, slowly weaken the threat. They'll eventually get it, or the whole thing will slowly go away until they finally move out of the house. Either way, it won't be your problem anymore.

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Blogger AbbaGav said...

Thanks for the link. You seamlessly merge a quote with fresh imagery. I liked the grocery store idea (although I don't really like when I have to live through it).

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Blogger Gentleman Farmer said...

Well now, this is just ridiculous and insulting to the International Community.

The analogy requires that one believe that the Leaders of Nations are, in many instances, like small children: ignorant, self-absorbed, reckless, short-sighted, and often cruel.

Oh. Never mind.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Blogger girlfriday said...

More like self-indulgent parents, don't you think? A la The Nanny Diaries.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Blogger Julie said...

I like to start my "threats" out to my nieces and nephews, while in grocery stores and more, with things like:

1. I will remove the air from this store if you don't stop crying.

2. I will force you to eat these Grape nuts once we get home if you don't stop crying.

These are workable threats. It's easy to go up from such a starting point.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Blogger girlfriday said...

I wonder if my 2 1/2 year old nephew would understand "I will remove the air from this store if you don't stop crying."

I would have to be allowed to drive him to a store for this to apply, I suppose.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Blogger Julie said...

Removing the air is difficult. You'll need some kind of college degree.

Friday, December 30, 2005


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