I've realized that more-and-more I've slipped into "Dad Mode" of how to interpret things. Which is pretty weird place for me to be in. It has though, given me more of a appreciation for the old "it comes from a good place" adage of why some parenting goes completely off track (including what I lived through growing up).
Of course, some of it doesn't. Some just comes from sheer ignorance. But that's humanity more than parenting. The latter just gives someone more authority than they *should* have been given to screw over other people's lives.
But anyway, fortunately, it hasn't really "come out" at anyone yet. (for the most part) I've been managing to hold the impulse in (for the most part) and only let little bits of "I just don't want you to have regrets later in life" and "You should stop and think about what that means when you say/do that" out into the world.
One of the places that has gotten more "Dad-Gary" than anywhere else though is Idol, where over the past couple of years I *have* heard that I've been using the "I'm not mad, just disappointed" voice. ;)
So I figured this was a good time to make that list I was talking about - of tagging every current contestant, who hasn't already turned something in - to remind them the deadline for their entries is TOMORROW ! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/965056.html
Hopefully we can avoid a post-break mass bye-out. (Hint: It's coming. But fortunately *I think* we only have a couple more weeks of that constant threat. At least at this level) Think of this as our List of Shame! :)