For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill instructed us to “pick up the closest book to you when you sit down to write your post. Close your eyes, open the book, and place your finger on the page. Whatever word or phrase your finger lands on, write about it.”
These instructions for me are easier said than done. You see, the truth is that these days, the only books I read are ebooks on my Kindle app for my iPhone. Thus, picking up my iPhone, going to my Kindle app, closing my eyes, selecting and opening an ebook, and placing my finger on a word or a phrase on a page in that ebook is pretty close to impossible.
The good news, though, is that my wife is reading a physical book, The View From Flyover Country, by Sarah Kendzior. So I reached over to my wife’s side of the bed, grabbed the book, closed my eyes, opened up the book, and placed my finger on a random page. When I opened my eyes, I saw that my finger was either pointing to the phrase, “Being a responsible parent means” or a section header that says, “Lack of Options.” I suppose that means that rather than having a lack of options, I actually have two options.
With that said, I shall now, as Linda instructed, write about how “being a responsible parent means” that you have a “lack of options.”
But wait. I don’t actually believe that. Do you? I think that there are plenty of options available to a responsible parent. For example, a responsible parent can help a kid with his or her homework, therein providing support and encourage as well as helping the kid to understand the concepts the homework is attempting to teach.
Conversely, a responsible parent can refuse to help a kid with his or her homework, in which case the parent is teaching self-reliance, independence, and taking personal responsibility for one’s assigned tasks. This option is especially useful when the homework involves higher mathematics that is well beyond anything the parent could possibly understand, much less assist with.
So what this exercise has proven to me is that being a responsible parent means that you just try and do the best you can and hope that your kids will live through whatever responsible parenting options you choose and will, at the end of the day, thrive.