Monday, August 07, 2006

Why I Know That My Husband Is Messed Up In The Head

Here we are, on a Monday evening, channel-surfing, and come across a rerun of "Supernanny"-you know, the usual array of scary, undisciplined children and harrassed parents begging for someone to teach them how to handle their "unruly" children.

This week's episode is a single-mother with 5 kids-a girl and two sets of twin boys......all demon spawn. I actually feel bad for this woman. She's divorced, apparently raising these kids all by herself, and she's also going back to school to get her teaching certificate. She's also totally overwhelmed and her kids are all acting out, physically and emotionally.

So, Supernanny puts out the classic time-out area, complete with cushions, for children who don't abide by the house rules, and creatively calls it the "Thinking Pond"; so as to have the children ponder their actions and be able to cool off.

My lovely Sean, watching the debacle unfold where the mother, on her "own" (with Supernanny watching on closed-circuit TV) with her kids, is wrestling her hissing, spitting spawn onto the
cushions after they try beating the crap out her, says this Pearl of Wisdom:

"You know, if they were my kids, I wouldn't call it the 'Thinking Pond'.......I'd get a beat-up old refrigerator box, open it up, put it in the corner with a stool in it and call it the 'Shitty Shack'".

This, friends, is the man I want to raise children with. And yes-I still want to, despite the.....uh...."creative parenting ideas". Go figure.

I must be nuts.

13 comments:

StellaNova said...

My husband has similar strange ideas about parenting sometimes. As a teacher, I feel constantly obliged to try to explain to him, ever so patiently, why that idea just 'won't fucking work'!

But we persist with them anyway. Backing up for multiple attempts at IVF ... we're all mad ...

:)

Nickie said...

OMG that's too funny! "shitty shack" I'll have to remember that one!!!!

Kath said...

Dear S, I think "shitty shack" has a nice ring to it, actually. :)

Yesterday I tried to post a comment on your cathartic and spot-on rant (hats off to you, my dear, for telling it exactly like it is) but it never showed up. Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you and cheering you on.

KIMMER said...

I love the "shitty shack", that's too freakin funny. Cheering you on from the sidelines!

GLouise said...

Too funny!

My husband can't bear super-nanny. I'm usually not sure who's worse behaved- the parents or the kids.

My Reality said...

"Shitty shack" has a much better ring to it than the "Thinking Pond." It is a beautiful example of alliteration.

The Town Criers said...

The only thing better than Supernanny is Honey We're Killing the Kids. I'd love to hear your husband's take on her advice...

Shazz said...

LOL, how funny!!!

aah0424 said...

This is my first visit to your blog (via Stir-Up Queens) and you had me laughing out loud! Your husband's "Shitty Shack" is hilarious! Probably not what I would do, but fun all the same.

laura said...

I love the idea of the Shitty Shack. Screw Super Nanny ... I like your husband's idea of parenting. With one set of infant twins, though, Ive got to cut the lady some slack...I can't imagine.

Betty said...

Ooops I wonder what Supernanny would think of the shitty shack. I like it, it shows imagination!!

Beth said...

Personally I think he's on to something with the Shitty Shack. The Thinking Pond seems like a place a wee tyrant wouldn't mind spending time - you know, imaginary fishing and all that. But the shitty shack? Come now, just the imaginary aroma would kick them into shape right?

ilyse said...

Haha he sounds like he has the same kind of sense of humor as my dh. And I want kids with him so I guess you can't be that nuts. LOL