I received an email forward today about parenting – one of those “now that you’re a parent, you’ll appreciate this…” emails – and there was a bit in there about how non-parents blithely judge the parenting techniques of other adults. It made me think of a post I wrote back in August in which I admitted to being guilty of such behavior, and I vowed then to try to look for parenting techniques that I wanted to emulate instead of condemning ones I didn’t. That goal still eludes me, but now that Violet’s here, my perceptions have changed. I watch other parents whose children behave like sociopaths and I am afraid; afraid because I’m only 54 days into this strange trip, Violet’s not even capable of coherent speech or taking a step, but I can already understand how a parent might end up there. Lack of sleep alone has a powerful ability to lower the bar on acceptable behavior. Cuteness does, too. C'mon, look at the picture down below, and tell me it's going to be easy to tell this kid, "No".
54 days old