Monday, March 19, 2012

Zardoz on Parenting


I send George one or two links a week to articles that, in my humble opinion, offer sound parenting advice. In return, I receive links from him to things like the trailer from the 1974 Science Fiction movie, Zardoz, starring Sean Connery. So it seemed novel to me to get an email from him with the subject, “Important article on parenting”.

I clicked on the link and found an article from The Onion. “Hmm, The Onion”, I thought, “Not exactly La Leche League or The American Academy of Pediatrics, but I’m game. It’s better than YouTube videos of laughing puppies or burping children”. I read on. The article states that the California Parenting Institute did a study and found that, regardless of parenting style employed, it’s a child’s fate to become a maladjusted adult.

Wow, that big claim could pretty much rock my world. I needed details. Like the informed parent that I pride myself on being, I looked for the study at the California Parenting Institutes’ website. Evidently, I was not alone. The California Parents Institute was inundated with calls from nervous mothers like me. These queries were much to the organization’s dismay; however, since the article was a hoax.

“Oh, right, The Onion. Silly me,” I thought. “What a relief. I can go back to being puppet master of Claire’s destiny!”

But then I started thinking some more...“Was George trying to tell me something? Maybe, he thinks I need to lighten up a bit. Perhaps, I should just let Claire be. He’s pretty good at that.”

So I haven’t sent him a link in awhile…a day or two, maybe. And for good measure, I checked out the link to Zardoz. You should too; it's pretty hilarious.

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12 comments:

  1. I love Sean Connery's red diaper in the trailer! LOL! (TALU)

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  2. My husband e-mails me stuff like this all the time. I wonder what that says about him or me for that fact of the mattter, lol!! TALU :)

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  3. There are some thing you just can't un-see. This visual will haunt me! ;) [#TALU]

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  4. OK, you hooked me with that photo, but I can totally relate to your post. Hmmm, are you trying to send me a message about my control-freakiness? :) TALU

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  5. Oh, lookie here, one Connery film I haven't seen. But I'm not sure I'm up for the red speedos! :) Visiting from TALU.

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  6. That's funny! Yes, my hubby's a fan of the Onion as well, and people have gotten panicked on more than one occasion because of their articles :-)

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  7. I think we worry so much about our kids and they STILL turn out...as they will! Enjoy it and let some things be.

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  8. Haha! Weirdo. The Onion has the best advice of any website out there. ;-)

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  9. That's really funny. My hubby doesn't send me any links and now I'm actually quite bummed about it.

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  10. I was just thinking about Cherry 2000, same genre and decade. How odd that I have never seen Zardoz! I pride myself in knowing these things. AND I have bought my husband so many books on tape (cause he falls asleep reading parenting books) I don't think he's ever listened to one all the way through. It's a man thing. Except the men that write the books I guess :-)

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  11. Thank you for joining Second-Chance Sunday! I shared, tweeted, +1, and pinned!

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