Hot Pepper Parenting
This is by no means an article on how to use hot peppers to discipline your children. I am not advocating that at all! Hot sauce and hot peppers are great, I enjoy the heat, the challenges and just the whole “augmented” experience that adding peppers brings to my meals.
So now that there is an ALS http://twitter.com/hashtag/ALSPepperChallenge?s=09 (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis )challenge going on involving hot peppers, this has inspired me to write about how I feel eating hot peppers and parenting are similar. I am sure this will open the flood gates of opinions in both the parenting and hot pepper corners. Both parenting and eating hot peppers presents their own unique challenges and situational dilemmas. Lets slam into this fun comparison and see where we end up!!
When drawing the lines between the two respected corners I started to notice that there were some very distinct parallels that just could not be ignored. In an effort to be concise, I will highlight my top 5, and if there are any additional point be sure to let me know for a follow up post!!
Top 5 Hot Pepper and Parenting comparisons
- Taking a Bite
- Looking for the Challenges
- Feeling the Burn
- Its OK to Cry
When you first start off as a new parent your are riddled with uncertainty. What do I do and what don’t I do? What can I expect? What if I mess up ! Who do I talk to?
The right path to parenting seems daunting and unclear. There are so many choices! You just have to go with your gut feelings and listen to the advice from trusted experts. Time and experience will become your most trusted tools. Combine that with determination and a clear mind and that will help you to figure out how to navigate through the new multitude of choices in front of you.
Same goes with eating hot peppers
Your approach to eating that new hot pepper in front of you should be JUST like parenting. You are uncertain. You are not quite sure what to expect. What if I have messed up and made a bad decision? Who should I talk to??
I know these are all questions I have asked myself before eating any new hot sauce or pepper? Just as with parenting Time and Experience are your best friends here(next to a glass of milk)
If you are wondering who to talk to about what you just ate. I’m pretty sure its not your friends, who are laughing at you as you sweat your face off.
Take a Bite
In Parenting you have to measure the challenges ahead of you. You need to tackle them by taking one bite at a time. The surest way to get through many of life’s challenges is to just start. Don’t become overwhelmed by the enormity of it all. Just One bite at a time.
Similarly, with eating peppers.
The fact is the task of eating that hot pepper in front of you can feel like an enormous undertaking. Your fear and anticipation make this little hot pepper feel like you are about to eat an exploding volcano. You got yourself here, so just take the first bite and work yourself through it!
Look for the Challenges
You don’t have to be a parent to know that there is a multitude of challenges in store for those that are in that phase of their lives. Everything from changing diapers, feeding, cleaning, sleeping, getting along, learning or just going to sleep. Early on in parenting there isn’t so much looking for the challenge, as they tend to smash you in the face and crash around you. Later on you tend to look and anticipate the challenges that may come your way. For example, will my son hide something under my pillow, or will my daughter sneak attack me in the middle of the night??! Surprises are nice but tend to get exhausting as the years go on. Anticipation is the key.
Again Hot Peppers are strangely similar!
The Challenges are everywhere. Everyone has their go to hot pepper challenges! But as with most things in life there is always a bigger, greater challenge down the road. A new hot pepper knocking on your door, picked and ready to surprise and destroy your taste buds. These hot pepper challenges are great because they are self imposed, and you can only blame the sweaty reflection of yourself in the mirror.
Feel The Burn
Muscle and mental fatigue is very common when parenting. I still can’t feel my lower back due to the long hours of teaching my kids how to skate. My chiropractor loves this, but me, not so much!! The burn comes from the long hours spent trying to lift, move and just getting the kids to keep up with the daily grind of life. The mental burn is exhausting as well. Its an exercise to just figure out what in the F!#!#! they are thinking about and why the do the things that they do. My head always hurts-I am still looking for a mental-practor.
Feeling the Burn while eating Hot Peppers is basically a two step process as well, just as parenting has a mental and a physical duality, eating Hot Peppers
also has a double edge sword to it. I think it goes with out saying that if you eat Hot Peppers, you will Feel the Burn. If I need to spell it out to you, perhaps you should try some and get back to me.
Its OK to CRY
Crying out of frustration, or crying because you are so proud is OK . Crying in the morning, crying at night. Its all OK! Parenting, children,and crying all seem to go hand in hand, they form a sacrid trifecta. There is so much emotion, and pressure instilled on the shoulders of parents, that it’s a wonder there isn’t more sobbing parents. Parenting today is one hell of a challenge. Between the over extended time lines from school, extra curricular activities, managing appropriate bed times, healthy dinner plans, and just being available to listen is a large task to accept. That’s why everyone knows that its OK to just let it all out and have a good cry.
Hot Peppers again..
Its OK to Cry. People know that the struggle is real. Whether you are crying because that Hot Pepper just kicked your ass, or you are crying because you can no longer feel your face, or the burn in your mouth is just too great. We get it!!
Just let it out!! and try again another time. Just bring your own box of Kleenex!
The similarities are staggering! Eating peppers and parenting share many common responses. So if you are on the sidelines about whether or not you should be a parent or have another child, perhaps you should sit down with a bowl of hot peppers.
Slowly eat and enjoy.
This is the perfect time to just sit and contemplate . Then Boom, the wave of inexplicable heat washes over your body, you become flush, and your life flashes before your eyes.
Finally, you can breathe a cool sigh of relief, and wipe the sweat from your brow. This was all just a parenting trial run. The wave of insanity was only fueled by hot peppers and not children. You can still walk away and enjoy the life you still have. You can thank the world of hot peppers for saving you from decades of long uncertain challenges. You can thank the process of Hot Pepper Parenting.