Posts Tagged ‘Parenthood’

I Hesitated AFTER I Was Sure He Was Fine, But Still . . .

March 12, 2021

No matter how bad your day as a parent has been, you still go to investigate the unexpected crash coming from your child’s room. I know this, and I did this.

But I admit that today I hesitated first.

So I HAVE Learned Some Things

January 14, 2021

But while I frequently get things wrong as a parent, I do sometimes do things right. L. and his mother absolutely love keeping the Christmas tree up a ridiculously long time, but this year I decided to do something about it because I think it’s silly to keep a Christmas tree after Christmas.

Which is why this year we’re keeping a holiday tree up year round so long as they decorate it with decorations appropriate to the nearest holiday season.

I Don’t Say That Anymore

January 12, 2021

I hope that by now I’ve made it abundantly clear that I don’t always succeed as a parent. Some of this I can chalk up to the natural learning curve, but some is definitely just my fault due to preconceived notions that had never been put to a real test until after I became a parent.

For instance, before becoming a parent I used to say things like, “Well . . . you obviously feel stronger about this than I do, so we’ll go with what you want.”

And Now I’ve Solved It Three Times

January 6, 2021

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, I want to stress that as a kid I lacked the interest and patience needed to solve the Rubik’s cube, so my solving it as a demonstration for my son was literally the first time I had ever solved it.

It Actually Took Twice As Long As I’d Predicted

January 5, 2021

When I was asked recently what I wanted for the new year, I replied that I wanted greater stability in my personal life. This answer was met with a hint of a sneer and a disdainful, “So you want things predictable and boring?”

This is, of course, not what I want, but what I do want is that when I put my own advice into action regarding my son’s new Rubik’s cube and demonstrate for him that it absolutely can be solved, that my solution remain in place for more than two minutes.

Though to be fair, I did predict that would happen.

So Greater Patience Instead Of Greater Musical Skills, For Instance

December 17, 2020

As a follow-up to yesterday, I just wanted to say that (in theory at least) I am always trying to better myself, and that has nothing to do with me being a parent.

What being a parent has changed for me is the priority of what I am working on at any given time.

Because I’m Wondering If There’s A Support Group I Can Join

December 16, 2020

I know that it’s reasonably common for parents working to “better” their children, but I sometimes wonder how many parents are working to better themselves for the sake of their children.

I Worry About These Things Sometimes

November 17, 2020

As a parent I never want to punish my child for something outside of their control, but I am painfully aware that the Universe isn’t always as forgiving.

The Challenge Is Real

September 8, 2020

Only now that I’m an adult and a parent can I fully appreciate just how difficult it is for a child to let their parent(s) sleep.

And That’s What I Did

September 4, 2020

Sometimes as a parent I have to admit that I end up asking myself, “What would Mister Rogers do?”, and I always (and I mean always) end up looking the worse for the comparison.

But last night when I was woken up by my son at three in the morning because he was “super hungry” and asking for popcorn, then when accommodated he promptly made a loud “Bleagh!” while proclaiming equally loudly that he didn’t want to eat anything after all, and when I asked myself that question again, something different happened this time. I could almost hear Mister Rogers saying, “I would never have sung songs about what to do when you’re angry if I’d never felt anger myself. I suggest you go back to sleep now.”