Sunday, July 29, 2018

It Is Not My Fault.

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Who? Not me.
In decades of my life and experiences, I have heard this phrase too often. Parenting? You bet. Teaching? Oh yes. Myself? Much too often.

Being in denial about one's behavior is a common flaw all share.  Think back on it.  Somehow, rationalizing decisions made or actions taken were absolutely just fine releases a sense of contentment.

Rules in a classroom are pretty straightforward, ones that could be expected. All teachers share those same rules school year after school year. Here is my own addendum:

No one can make me do or say something, or act in a way that I do not choose. I am in charge of my choices.  

Nothing more can be said about this, except to repeat these thoughts in a different way. That is boring and unnecessary. 




Damn that Barbie!! I always knew they were evil. Any doll with boobies like that are definitely suspect.


23 comments:

  1. It often (too often?) is my fault. And even when it isn't the way I react is my choice too.

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    1. The choices made can have disastrous results in one way or another.

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  2. Hi Susan - great post ... we certainly need to take responsibility for our faults ... so many don't own up - and some people blame without realising the why something happened ... Cheers Hilary

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    1. Oh, yes. It is the human condition, I guess.

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  3. It's Barbie's fault. I can get behind that ;)

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  4. Oh Dad! Stop torturing me. Don't you know the devil made me do it?

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    1. Of course, he ( in the guise of Barbie) did.

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  5. I'm wondering why such a young child is allowed to have and use nail polish. I guess she learned her lesson, but still, I think nail polish is a no-no for someone so young.

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  6. I discovered at a very early age that truthfulness was easier than lying. Less hassle, fewer beatings!

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  7. Blame barbie and her boobies, check!

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    1. And she has that tiny waist to boot. Definitely suspect as well.

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  8. That darn Baarbie...she just kept saying yes ... a hundred times. Persistence paid off. Barbie one...Sophie zero. How on earth Dad could keep a straight face I will never know.

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    1. Same here. He must have dealt with Sophie's problems before. Hence the camera set up and ready to go.

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    2. It is also much easier to keep the story straight.

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  9. Taking responsibilities for our actions seems so old fashioned these days.

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    1. A lot of wisdom these days does seem out of date.

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  10. I work in the courthouse, so I hear lots of variations on this theme. It's ALWAYS someone else's fault.

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  11. That Sophie is sooooo adorable, and her dad was very clever to record her misery for posterity and our entertainment. I'm afraid I might've been more inclined to deliver a quick pop to her little posterior...

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    1. That is me, too. It would also be followed by a "time out" in her bedroom.

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