Embarrassing My Kids and #ROW80

Welcome to Scarlet Thread Sunday. Today my thread leads over to the blog of a fellow author and friend. I shared a little of what I’ve learned about parenting when I got to post on my guilty pleasure for Jess Witkins at The Happiness Project. Here’s a taste:

When I received word from Jess that I would get to write a guest post about my guilty pleasure, I struggled with the topic:

Um, okay, what’s my guilty pleasure? *tapping fingers on desk* Guilty pleasure, guilty pleasure… *tapping*

I can’t think of anything! I have NO guilty pleasures.

Am I doing nothing decadent?! What happened to the rebel I once was? Was I ever a rebel? Sheesh.

I’m not perfect. I’m plenty guilty. I swipe my son’s chocolate when he’s not looking and neglect housework so long that a HazMat team might simply throw up their hands. I can be selfish and annoying. But I’m not proud of that. It’s not pleasurable.

So what do I take pleasure in…that maybe I shouldn’t do quite so much?

Aha! Embarrassing my kids.

Which isn’t hard now that they are both teens. Read more…

ROW Update


  • Complete full rewrite of SHARING HUNTER. Wanna know how I’m doing? I’m in the editing stage. Editing, as defined by James Andrew Wilson in Emotional Stages of Writing a Novel. (God, help me. Really.)

  • Work with editors on short story for Orange Karen AnthologyDone.
  • Revisit GRACE & FIRE (1st novel) and run through one more round of edits. Nothing this week.



Non-writing goals

  • Exercise twice a week. So shoot me. I had a sick kid, and I obviously have 0.01% willpower. Seriously, someone shoot me. Or at least run after me with a gun, and maybe I’ll get movin’!
  • Take a true Sabbath–no working and time with God and family one day a week. I struggle feeling guilty when I’m not doing anything super-productive, but I can tell that I’m less stressed when I take this half-to-full day of R&R. Success this week again.

Be sure to visit my fellow ROWers–an awesome group of writers! You can find a list of them HERE.

So how was your week? And what did your parents do when you were a teenager that embarrassed you (besides breathing)?

20 thoughts on “Embarrassing My Kids and #ROW80

  1. I lurved that video! So, it’s not just me, feeling completely lost in a sea of editing and re-writes? I kept thinking I must be doing something wrong, why else was I feeling like a floundering…flounderer? It made me feel so much better.

    I think you did pretty darn great on your goals–you can always exercise later…
    Off to read more about embarassing your kids!

    1. Yes, it is a sea of editing, isn’t it? Sometimes I feel like I’m in a boat, and other times like I’m hanging on to a piece of driftwood and gasping. LOL. Thanks, Amy! Have a great week.

  2. I’m LOL’ing at your comment about swiping your son’s chocolate when he’s not doing–my mom does this to my sister and me all. the. time. She never really embarrassed me when I was growing up (I liked to bring her to school to show her off, ’cause my friend all loved her), but she’s a really flamboyant dresser and my sister always HATED that… so she was the one who never wanted mom to show up at school unannounced, or say hi to her in front of her friends and whatnot. Silly kid.

    You’ve got a lot going on, but it looks like you’ve got most of it under control. I’m in the midst of some editing of my own, and ohhhh, it makes me want to cry very sad tears. Good luck with yours!

  3. Loved this post both for the stories of your embarrassing moments with your sons and your ROW80 update. My mom was never one for intentionally embarrassing us, but she had a way of manipulating and controlling us in public that became embarrassing after a time. My dad. Embarrass us. NEVER!

  4. Aha! Embarrassing my kids… Such a wonderful thing, LOL. And I scrapbook. All four boys are dreading that first serious girlfriend :snicker:

    Great job with the goals this week. Sick kids always trump ourselves, it’s in the mummy handbook. Hope everyone is healthy this week.

    1. I just finished my last Creative Memories style scrapbook. I’m moving into more standard photo albums and catching up! But indeed, I slipped in a pic of both of my boys (at a much younger age) in the bathtub. *grin*

      Best wishes for your week, Raelyn!

  5. Congrats on finishing your short story! And cut yourself a little break – taking care of a sick kid is no trivial matter! Glad you found some balance with your Sunday day off, and have a great week!

  6. Oh I love your posts – full of hard work, humour and a dash of self-reproach to show us you’re human after all – a perfect combination. The video was a nice addition too, as we can all relate 😀 X

  7. Loved the video, I so get the drama, lol. Sick kid, I have one of those today, poor thing. We both finished something this week, go us! Love that it took us both less than 2k to finish them too. But, oh no, now we have to edit. Eek. I’m kind of looking forward to coloring it up the Margie way. I say that now, wonder how I’ll feel next week, lol. Hope you have a great week, Julie. Oh, and workout, you’ll feel great, you know you want to 😉

    1. Yay, us! I’m letting the story sit for a week, then I’ll print it out, and grab my highlighters. (By the way, did I tell you that I’m doing immersion with Margie this summer?)

  8. I love to read you take a sabbath. I think about it, I once practiced it for a while and I can’t even remember what stopped me. Looks to me like things are going great for you goal wise. Especially given the sick kid stuff…. Happy ROWING! and hope to see you around the writing table soon….

  9. You have inspired me. After a sluggish and sick January, I was using weekends to catch up… and stressing out my whole family and quickly burning myself out. I need to set aside a few hours on Saturday morning for a few minutes of catch up and then the rest of the weekend is guilt-free family time. Thanks so much, Julie!

    Loved the video. So true! And yes, I’ve been known to take some delight in torturing… I mean aggravating… no wait, it was embarrassing my kids!

    1. Wow, I wish I could inspire me. LOL. Seriously, though, give yourself a much-needed break and regroup. It’s so hard to do when you feel overwhelmed, but I find myself being more productive overall if I bring my best game to the work.

      And I can’t imagine you embarrassing your kids. Surely you are the coolest mom they know!

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