“I admit there’s times like, ‘We gotta get up. Get up! ‘Here’s your shoes. Here’s your shoes. Drink this Coke. Drink this Coca-Cola. Drink it all. Right now! Drink it! Drink it! Drink it!’ Just so we could get ‘em up and going.”At first I had this totally judgmental reaction where I was like—oh no, he didn’t!
Doesn’t he know how bad caffeine and sugar are for kids? And in the morning? What is he crazy?!
And then the next jump my judgmental parenting brain took was, wow, I’m a better parent than Brad Pitt! And I’ll admit I felt a little superior—than Brad Pitt, folks!
My daughter, who is seven, has only tried a sip of soda maybe three times in her life. My three-year-old doesn’t even know what soda is!
And then I heard myself and I was like, oh no, Sheila. I’m all about not judging. So then I had some work to do because I really don’t think soda is good for kids. I mean, like, it’s not just not good—it’s bad! And I know that’s a fact.
So how do I sit back and say, oh, okay, Brad, feed your kids soda in the morning?!
I tried to put myself in someone else’s shoes if they heard something I do with my kids that they totally disagree with. Could I find something so heinous as plying my kids with sugar and caffeine?
Umm, I do yell at my kids sometimes when I lose my temper and that’s pretty bad.
I wonder if Brad yells?
If not, maybe we’re even.
Oh, and then I also had the thought, maybe he was just joking?
Maybe he said this to somebody he wasn’t sure if they were really a friend or just nice to him because he’s famous to see if it would show up in the tabloids!