Parenting is the only job in the world that requires zero experience and zero qualifications. You could require parenting classes, but any heads up about the perils ahead would result in the quick extinction of the species.
Evolution guided by naturally ignorant selection.
You want to raise (eventually) happy, well-adjusted children? Get used to saying no. A lot.
One of things you learn as a parent is that kids bounce. Not very high. But they do bounce.
In other words they’re more durable than you think. Not indestructible. Just really hardy.
Good parenting isn’t an accident.
It’s a miracle.
My Dad was always big on giving me choices. Choices like, “You spill, you walk home.”
I never spilled.
Apologies for the late post. I was so gobsmacked by the Longhorns win yesterday that I lost all sense of time and number of beers consumed.
Apparently, according to the comments over at gocomics about yesterday’s cartoon, a great many readers of Hedge were beaten as children.
Not sure what to say about that.
Sorry for the late post. Busy doing school signings for Odd Squad in Chicago. Exhausting, but fun. Kids are surprisingly tolerant of rambling cartoonists.
No, “too-planned parenthood” is not some veiled comment on Planned Parenthood.
Unless you want it to be. In which case, go ahead and ascribe whatever political motives you like.
Those of you who see subliminal subversion where it isn’t know you were going to do that anyway.
I love my two daughters. And I’m sure they love me. Well,… not sure. How can you be really sure. Who knows? Maybe they secretly despise me.
Maybe they’re bio-engineered robot skeleton invaders and I and millions of other parents have been unwittingly chosen to assimilate them into earth culture so that at a predetermined time they could attack us and rip out our spleens.
But probably not.
Kids do bounce. Not high. You have to really pay attention to see it,… but they do bounce.
There may be a broken limb or three. Or a mild to moderate concussion, but they do bounce. Therapy, both physical and psychological, may be required, but they do bounce.
Later in life, they may overreact to their having bounced by making their own kids live in a hermetically sealed bounce resistant padded bubble.
But they do bounce.
And that’s my revisionist-history-parenting-story and I’m sticking to it.