Below is a chapter from Rule #2: Don’t Be an Asshat: An Official Handbook for Raising Parents and Children. Over time we will be posting most of the book, though, should this inspire you to buy a copy, we would not be offended 🙂 Posted chapters can be found in the Table of Contents.

Rule #7: Share your parents (Mom)

Your dad and I have a strong belief in the importance of living in community. This means that sometimes we will loan you out to other trusted adults. Experiencing other parenting or leadership styles and being cared for in different settings is good for you. This also means that sometimes your parents will give attention to other children, maybe your friends or maybe kids you don’t even like. In order to create a stronger community for you, your parents may need to:

  • Coach an elementary soccer team
  • Volunteer in your classroom
  • Schedule a bazillion cookie booths
  • Organize parents of middle school athletes
  • Go to boring meetings
  • Hand out Band-Aids, tissues, or encouragement
  • Bake persimmon cupcakes
  • Lead tours of your school

Ironically, even though we do this for you, sometimes you will resent it. In a way, I suppose you are right to resent it because we don’t just do it for you. We do it—when we are able—for the good of the community, just as you benefit from the community that provides you with teachers, coaches, scout leaders, and other parent leaders when you need them. Sometimes that kid you don’t like much might need us more than you do at that moment. Sharing your parents graciously is the gift you give to the community.

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