24.7.365 Parenting Through Osmosis and Experience
Now through Eternity Semester

Course Description

Instructor: Prof. Mother
Office Hours: Monday-Sunday from 1 a.m to midnight

Teaching Assistant: Mr. Kid
Office Hours: Monday-Sunday from wakeup to conk out

Substitute Assistant: Mr. Father
Office Hours: Sporadic

This class takes an in-depth look at Parenting with a special focus on how-to techniques. The course will begin with a survey of life before the children. This includes a brief look into the things you used to be able to do and will never get to do again until you are too old and then won't want to do anyway because of the problem with the knees; followed by a primer on how to forget everything you thought you knew about having children before you actually even had them (in class we will burn What to Expect yada yada ya) and, will move on to procedures for coping with the discovery that you are no longer an adult but a watering pot.

Mid-way through the first semester, we will delve right into lessons for a variety of important early parenting issues such as safe handling of toxic poop, sex and life (which one is truly necessary?), gravitational ramifications of feeling 50 lbs lighter but still 100 lbs heavier than you were before you had a child, as well as study Buddhist meditation exercises that help to short-circuit the impulse to clobber your partner. This will be followed with written assignments on the following subjects: the joy of child play, the child that plays in you, how to recognize when your child is toying with you, the pseudo-joys of insomnia, advanced playing methods (the hours upon hours technique), the nirvana of motherhood and creative cursing for when the non-stop playing gets to you. Finally, the course will place significant emphasis on the importance of having couple time while playing with toddler Lego, adjusting to unfair practices in the allocation of parenting tasks and some lesser-observed tenets of child rearing will be discussed at length. Amongst them, is the child, the child? And if so, where oh where is the adult? (hopefully with the watering pot); the fundamentals of quantifiable future algorithmic applications for the time you are investing in your child now and, how this might pay off for you later (the Tiger Woods example); finally a cursory look at some obscure methods for dealing with unscheduled role reversals - how to be aware of the hazards and pretend you are prepared.

Throughout this course, students will read all they can of the assigned book list (precious little), regularly engage in the writing of short letters where they will mock abdicate motherhood but only for cathartic purposes. Said letters will be torn up or burned in class every once in a full moon. We will go on field trips to the Zoo to observe the daily living habits of Tasmanian Devils and apply often to oracles, palm readers, God, strangers, close relatives and circus clowns for experimentation and guidance purposes. As a frequent testing method we will rely on the Wall Progress Technique. For this, you will be required to run full throttle at a wall and wait until the wall stops your progress. Pop quizzes will be handed out more often than you might think. Don't prepare. There's no point. You either pass it or you don't.

There will be no end of term examination as there is no end of term. Dropping out of the course is not allowed and this is a no-credit course though you are still expected to pay for it. Grading will be conducted with the assistance of Mr. Kid and some of the clowns. No excuses will be accepted for not handing in your assignments. No medical dispensations will be considered either. Dying is an option but, are you sure you wanna go that route?

This course is primarily intended for the novice but undergrads, grads and even post-graduate students (I know you think that's you) are accepted here. We are a Pro-Mundi Beneficio (look it up) institution and the course reflects the University's credo that all shall be committed and straight-jacketed, in God we trust and believe that a parent's love frees. Welcome to the circus students. I am looking forward to teaching you.


  1. i am so glad you left a comment... it brought me here! your blog is chock-full of fun! really great!

    you have such a way of putting your thoughts into words! wow! please tell me you do some sort of writing! i can SO relate to what i have read so far...
    really looking forward to ready more!

  2. p.s. your parents are beautiful... their beauty shines in your face!

  3. Carissa: That's a lovely name by the way. Thanks so much for your really kind words. I'm glad you are liking the blog. I love writing in it. And thanks for what you said about my parents - your comment filled my heart.

  4. Me too. Thanks for visiting. It's a happy acquaintance I have just made in the blogospehre because I love this post. "Pop quizzes will be handed out more often than you might think. Don't prepare. There's no point. You either pass it or you don't." - Well ain't that the truth!


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