what the parenting books don't tell you
One of the great things about raising a child, for me, has been to watch my son become his own person and form relationships with other people -- friends, teachers, caregivers, and step-parents.
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.
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
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.
elizabeth street
I suppose I should be happy that my daughters would rather create at their art table than glue themselves to the TV. Except sometimes I’d rather they just enter the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, as there’s no mess to clean up afterwards.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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what the parenting books don't tell you
And the one thing I just realized will make keeping track of the custody schedule SO much easier.
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.
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
All those other parents out there? They are way too busy internalizing all this stuff and thinking that THEY are the bad parent to really think that YOU are the bad parent.
what the parenting books don't tell you
Sometimes I don’t know what to do, and at those times I want to press the rewind button on my life and just become a kid again.
what the parenting books don't tell you
I have not taken the time to estimate how many dollars’ worth of jackets my eight-year-old has lost during his school career, but I assure you it is at least a few gel manicures’ worth.
what the parenting books don't tell you