pets
Where once I felt very protective as a pet owner, I now felt it was necessary to protect my human baby from my cat baby. And I didn't expect how sad that would make me feel.
parenting
I can’t think of anything else, parenting-wise, that we demonize so publicly yet practice so widely.
what the parenting books don't tell you
When my son was a baby, I often imagined what my life would be like if I had NOT had a child -- and yes, sometimes I wished that I hadn’t.
what the parenting books don't tell you
what the parenting books don't tell you
In normal life, I’m pretty sharp. But while I’m doing the work that an eight-year-old is expected to be able to do, I feel so, so stupid.
babies
Why do all these baby-related things inevitably involve poop and other bodily functions? Because babies are disgusting.
what the parenting books don't tell you
what the parenting books don't tell you
If you do not want to throw a giant party for your toddler, it’s okay if you don’t.
parenting
what the parenting books don't tell you
It’s as if my body has some sort of ancestral knowledge of babies being stolen from the cave by wild animals during the night.
what the parenting books don't tell you
Now I understand why my mom once came into my pit of a room with a garbage bag and threatened to throw away all of my belongings if I didn’t take better care of them.
what the parenting books don't tell you
what the parenting books don't tell you
I know that because I’m a mom, people expect me to believe all children are magical precious angels. But really, children are sticky people who put their fingers in their noses.
what the parenting books don't tell you
what the parenting books don't tell you
parenting
what the parenting books don't tell you
what the parenting books don't tell you
I'm not sure I even remembered to brush my hair on Monday, but I still managed to trick at least two people into thinking I have it all together. YOU CAN, TOO.
what the parenting books don't tell you
Children carry illness home from daycare like rats carry the plague, but you don't have to give in to it. No, you don't have to give in.
what the parenting books don't tell you
At this moment, I am so grateful for all of those emergency room visits and all those hours spent sitting next to puking strangers. Because right now, my son is sitting next to me, and there is not a single thing wrong with him.
what the parenting books don't tell you
My son is not me -- he doesn’t like to read books, he is not shy around new people, and he is scared of absolutely nothing (including a bunk bed).
what the parenting books don't tell you
I used to waste a lot of time comparing myself to others. Now I think about all the things I could have been doing instead -- namely, being super awesome instead of worrying about not being awesome enough.