In which Argentine tango puts a valuable skill in my parenting toolbox.

Mar 01 2013 Published by under Passing thoughts, Personal

The skill in question is creeping across floorboards silently. (It's all about how you shift your weight as you move your feet, and that's something about which my tango teacher was a little bit obsessive.)

Being able to creep across floorboards silently is the skill of mine which (I dearly hope) has finally convinced my eldest offspring that it is totally not worth it to sneak onto social media or online games before the day's homework has been completed. Because it is hard to fully enjoy that social media or gaming when your stealthy parent might appear behind you without warning. Which means maybe doing the homework first, efficiently, could allow one to enjoy being online without fear of detection and consequences.

In a perfect world, you'd think logic would be persuasive enough. Since the world isn't perfect, I've made my peace with being a stealthy mother.

4 responses so far

  • Tualha says:

    Ph34r her m4d n1nj4 skillz! PH34R!!

  • scicurious says:

    I am totally jealous.

  • Jim Thomerson says:

    I grew up out in the Texas hills, sneaking up on innocent little animals, while toting my 22. So, even though a large person, I have well developed sneaking skills. I employed them judiciously in surprising my colleagues and students. One must not do it too much, or those unskilled will become resentful.

  • drugmonkey says:

    SG FTW!!!!!1111!!!!