Parental Overload: No Big Deal

by Bill Brenner on April 25, 2010

Nothing like a week of screaming kids to realize OCD aint what it used to be.

Mood music for this post: “Mama Weer all Crazee Now” by The Runaways:


A week like the one I’ve just had would have been impossible just a couple years ago.

The kids were on school vacation, the same week as Sean’s 9th birthday and some very big security events in Boston. I did a lot of speeding back and forth between the Seaport Hotel and home for a kids’ birthday party, daycare duty, an evening trip to the N.E. Aquarium, etc.

Funny thing is, everything was fine. It was a fantastic week, actually.

Not even the house full of third graders rampaging through every room was enough to take me down. I enjoyed it.

I managed to bust out 11 articles and podcasts during the week, despite all the mayhem. It was fun. Hopefully, some security folks get something out of them.

Yesterday I mixed work with parenting and took Sean and Duncan to the Security B-Sides event in Boston. The venue was perfect for them:

Security BSides Boston by jack_a_daniel.

The security crowd seemed to enjoy their company. No one seemed to mind as Sean shoved Lego toys in their faces and gave detailed descriptions of each one. Heck, a couple of people came with more Legos for Sean, knowing he’d be there.

Thanks to Twitter and Facebook, the kids are something close to famous among my business associates.

As for me: No anxiety attacks. No fear or panic about getting articles written. And no worries as to what other people think.

Nothing more to say about it, really.

Just a few words to drive home my surprise and gratitude for this turn of events.

Happy Sunday.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

stiennon April 25, 2010 at 3:15 am

Sounds like a crazy week Bill. Isn’t it amazing that sometimes the most hectic weeks are the most productive and satisfying? Keep the great reporting coming!

Mike April 25, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Your kids are a little famous and I’m really glad you invited them along. Security people sometimes need to remember that are other topics of importance other than… security. Those topics include Legos. 🙂

VirtualDedicated Hosting May 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I read lots of blogs on this subject and this stands out as the most insightful 1 I’ve ever read. You really know your material.

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