We have to study Shakespeare to graduate from high school, yet we don’t have to study anything to become a parent.
What if Shakespeare could instruct us on the demands of childrearing? Or easier yet–what if we could twist the titles of his plays and apply them to parenting?
Here are 10 titles of Shakespeare’s plays…shaken, stirred, and twisted for parents.
- Twelfth Night: The first time you start wishing there was a return policy on your newborn.
- Loves Labour’s Lost: How you feel the two weeks after “natural” childbirth, when you can’t even sit on a chair.
- The Tempest: What brews between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. when your baby is crying, the telephone is ringing, and the microwave is on fire.
- The Winter’s Tale: Snowpants on, snowpants off, pee, repeat.
- The Taming of the Shrew: The new discipline strategy you attempt to enforce on your toddler who’s taken to biting dogs and humans.
- Measure for Measure: The tedious pace of making your child practice piano that drives you to drink.
- Much Ado About Nothing: The reality every time your child insists she needs a band-aid.
- As You Like It: What you tell your son who asks for ketchup to go on his waffles.
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The kids are at a sleepover at their grandparent’s condo. You’re at home with your husband who brings you a margarita and starts massaging your feet. Slowly. You lick the salted rim…and fall into a deep sleep.
- Comedy of Errors: Your life.
Now it’s your turn:
What book titles (classic or modern) can be applied to parenting? Twist away…