Apr 26, 201111:29 PMChina Mom
Battle Hymn of the Honey Badger Mother
The honey badger has been referred to as the most fearless creature in the animal kingdom. If it’s hungry, it doesn’t care where its food comes from. The honey badger endures – and ignores – bee stings so it can eat bee larvae and will even devour a cobra long after said cobra has bitten it. Why? Because the honey badger don’t care.
I wish I could be more like the honey badger. Not eat what I want when I want and live a life of reckless abandon. I already did that in college. I just wish I could not care about things for a while. I’d like to take a break from the constant discipline, directing, and redirecting I do as a mother. I’d like a day off from all the negotiations and the explanations and the expectations.
I don’t know that I’m a Tiger Mother, but for a little while, I’d like to be a Honey Badger Mother and just not care.
Today would have been a good day for that. It seemed like all I did was call after my daughter, saying, “Stop that...come here...what did I just say?” Followed by, “Did we or did we not have a talk before about this kind of behavior?” And my classic, “This is not a playground, it’s a grocery store.”
Sigh. Honey Badger Mother don’t care. Honey Badger Mother would just ignore her child's behavior and run all over the grocery store, taking what she wants. Why? Because Honey Badger Mother don’t care.
Unfortunately, I do care. I don’t want my daughter to grow up to be a "stupid" honey badger. I don't want her to be an overstressed tiger cub, either. What animal is in between?