And now for a new category I’m calling ONLY IN BOULDER
I’ve lived in Boulder County for nearly 20 years and I have to admit I find it more than a little amusing sometimes. If you don’t live here you should know that Boulder Colorado definitely has its share of “Alternative Lifestyles”. We probably have the highest per capita yoga studios, natural food stores and acupuncturists in the world. Basically, wherever you go there is always someone ready to lecture you on anything from cleaning your bowels to the color of your aura. It’s great fun really…especially if you can smile, nod and move on. I like to collect these stories so today’s article in the local newspaper was perfect. It’s called “Irritable Parent Syndrome: there is a cure”.
The article begins with somewhat alarming phrases as “tragically undiagnosed and untreated” and “screaming epidemic” and seriously I thought they were joking. The gist of this “syndrome” is that by the end of August we, parents, are getting annoyed by our children and if this happens then there is something wrong with us. Apparently, according to Chinese Medicine our livers are out of balance. Who knew? Now, I’m not advocating that we all lash out at our children whenever we want but here’s an idea. Maybe it’s okay to get annoyed by our children because they are, well, annoying. Maybe if they see us being frustrated by their behavior they will learn from that. Maybe it’s okay to be human and for them to see that people aren’t always going to be patient with them. Maybe when the parent gets a little too angry they can say sorry and the kids can learn a little about forgiveness.
This article wasn’t all bad. Some of the suggestions were quite good but others were infused with pure Boulder silliness. The idea for getting sleep included “adopting a mantra”; I think mine will be “leave me alone I want to sleep”. The suggestion for being active was to take a swim; every mother knows this is the MOST STRESSFUL OUTING EVER. The remedy for depleted liver energy was to get lost in a good book, yeah right, only if you don’t mind getting interrupted every 2 minutes.
I know this post is proof positive that I am suffering from Irritable Parent Syndrome so I’m going to go clean my liver, whatever that means. Plus, school started last week so now I’m only working 16 hours a day.