All spirited people rebel at some point in their lives. I think it is a way of individuating. You see the expected behavior of your surroundings and explore the opposite. I respect rebellion – why digest everything you are fed? Especially if it has too many calories because quick puke that up right now!
If you are a strong archetypal parent, chances are your kid is going to travel down a contrasting path. We see it all the time: peaceful quinoa eating- Sanskrit chanting-no TV watching- hippies, raising children who end up working in advertising for M&M Mars. Or staunch Republican-business owning- SUV driving- carnivores, ending up with kids who do performance art and Burning Man.
I am anticipating that The Munch is going to rebel from who she thinks I am, and I have got a plan.
To become the total opposite of who I am!
I am going to start wearing pant suits, talk about what types of cars people drive and how that correlates to their value as a human, eat GMO’s straight from the jar with a spoon… I will watch network sitcoms and FOX news, listen to soft-rock radio stations, and make sweeping statements like “focusing on how attractive you are to men is more important than thinking Munch” and “learning is for the weak minded.” Probably will cut my hair into a Hillary Clinton, and only wear high heels – even in the bath.
I will keep up this charade until The Munch starts “discovering” yoga, tattoos, vintage Led Zeppelin T-shirts, gogi berries mixed with flax seeds, conspiracy theories, KRS-One, and Simone de Beauvoir.
Then I will be like “ha!” Got you! Now you are just the person I want you to be!”
“You sneaky mommy!”