Parenting 101: Always Give Credit Where Credit Is Due, Even If It's A Tremendous Lie

I’m one of those people who has an irrational belief system about my artistic abilities. In plain speak, I think I’m way more talented at all things crafty than I am in reality. Still, it doesn’t stop me from having really high expectations for myself.

So a few weeks ago when my birthday was approaching, I decided to make my own birthday cake. Because in my mind it was way easier to bake my own cake than buy one from the bakery.

I found one I really liked on Pinterest (naturally), and so I went off to the store to buy the necessary ingredients. Which, basically the list read like this: two box cakes and lots of red food dye.


Everything was going according to plan. I even chronicled the momentous occasion. Me, baking the perfect as-seen-on-Pinterest birthday cake. For myself.

PicMonkey Collage

So, right. I know. It didn’t look anything like the cake I saw on Pinterest. But this isn’t where the story *should* end. It gets worse.

A few of my family and friends came over to shower me with gifts and wine and birthday wishes. They stood in the kitchen and watched as I sliced the not-so-professional looking cake. I noticed they were less than impressed.

I’m not proud of what happened next.

I don’t know what made me do it, but all of the sudden I blurted out, “You guys, don’t you just LOVE that Harley made me a cake? She did it all by herself! Is that not the sweetest thing you’ve ever heard in your life?”

Harley, my daughter, is 10 years old.

Well, announcing to the small crowd gathered around the kitchen island that this cake-tastrophe wasn’t the result of my lacking in baking abilities but instead the genius culinary skills of a fourth grader was a total game changer.

What followed both shamed me and well…totally boosted my ego. The cake wasn’t a total failure after all. I’m as good a cake creator as a ten year old. That sounds about right.

Fail Cake

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