child rearing: differences of opinion in


Husband:  Gabriel!  Arrete!  Ce n’est pas gentil! 
Me:  Translate!  He is not very what?
Husband:  Nice.  He is not very nice.
Me:  You’re not supposed to tell a kid they’re not nice.  Or that they are bad.  Bad for their tiny egos.  You’re supposed to say, “That was not a very nice thing to do.”
Husband rolls his eyes.
Me:  My mom used to say, “You’re not bad.  You just do bad things.”
Husband:  And look how you and your brother turned out.
Me:  Yeah, but we’ve got GREAT self-esteem.


About Angela

My name is Angela. I am a 28 year old psych and criminology graduate, but I'd rather not diagnose you. I am a cuddle-slut. I can recite the entire script of The Princess Bride, (including accents) and believe that the meaning of life is contained within. Polyanna, commercials, and Oprah 'reunion shows' make me cry. I can whistle and hum at the same time, but I cannot touch my toes. I am an expert in both listening and talking. I look good in orange. I am a writer. I kick ass in Gin, Hearts, and Cribbage but I don't understand Canasta or Bridge. I can be heard singing Broadway numbers from my shower, and have dressed up as a viking princess, (complete with aluminum foil breast plate) The Phantom of the Opera, and a Ghostbuster for Hallowe'en. I have a bird named Bean. I have a brother named Adam. They are not related. I like vanilla body lotion, peanut butter, saunas, Jim Carrey, broccoli, pets,, Muppets, Kevin Smith, Corelle dishes, dry erase white-boards, Barenaked Ladies, Philosophy, the letter J, Harry Potter, picture frames, swimming, quilting, Michael Moore, genealogy, Raggedy Anne, tacky 50's tchotchke, 'Idiot's Complete Guide To' books, tweezers, feather pillows, polar dips, aquariums, Martin Luther King Jr., and Dr. Pepper. I don't like meat, gossips, cooked carrots, American Idol, mosquitoes, sweating, politics, public washrooms, tardiness, tuition, hunting, pat answers, pick up lines, brown bananas, cliches, pine scented air freshener, Kevin Costner, bacon, candied apples, pro-wrestling, humidity, and hypocrisy. Books I've read recently The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Dark Tower, When Nietzsche Wept, What's So Amazing About Grace?, Catcher in the Rye, Not Wanted On the Voyage, The Red Tent, The Little Prince, The Way the Crow Flies, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Poisonwood Bible, The Fall, The Knot of Vipers, Calculating God, The Chrysalids, Sick Puppy, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Franny and Zooey, The Brothers Karamazov, and jPod. I am slightly neurotic. No I'm not. Yes I am.

2 responses »

  1. Hi,

    I’ve discovered your Website through surfing and very much enjoy reading your musings.

    I had to giggle when I read this post, because your husband seems to have mistranslated what he said. “Ce n’est pas gentil” actually means “that is not nice”, rather than “you are not nice”. So Gabriel’s “self of steam” (inside joke with my husband, whose student misspelled “self esteem” in an exam) should be just fine.


  2. Yeah, I think he’s been lying to me about the whole I-speak-french thing. He might not have spoken English growing up, but I’m not convinced it was French, either. 😉


    PS. Welcome, by the way.

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