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Before I had babies, I was afraid I wouldn’t be good at it. Rearing babies, that is.
Turns out, I’m the baby whisperer.
When Baby Cakes visits, I implement my secret strategy.
It’s called, Turning On The Faucet.
I walk over to the kitchen sink, turn on the tap, pat her back while swaying, and her little head lays right down on my shoulder.
Turn off water = head raises back up.
Leave water on = giant water bill + sleeping baby.
At this point, I’ll take the sleeping baby.
All women clothe themselves in a robe of anxiety before becoming mamas. It breaks down something like this:
What if I can’t give birth without anesthesia?
What if I’m not good at nursing?
What if I don’t know how to calm the baby?
What if I won’t know when he’s sick? How will I know how to get him well?
What if I’m a failure at potty training?
What if I can’t ever get him to stop biting?
Pre-school and Kindergarteners
What if I’m not teaching him enough? What if I’m the reason he’s behind in school?
What if I can’t ever get her to stop sucking her thumb before she goes to school?
What if I can’t tell if he has special needs?
What if I can’t get them to do their homework?
What if I can’t get her through this awkward stage?
What if I don’t know what to say if he doesn’t make the team?
What if I can’t control them?
What if I’m never able to really connect with or understand them?
What if I can’t get them to take responsibility seriously?
What if I can’t guide them to a good career?
What if I can’t motivate them to finish college?
What if I can’t get them to move out of the house?!
What if I overstep boundaries and make their parents mad?
What if I get tired of babysitting?
What if I can’t find a connection with them?
Did you notice that all the questions started with, “What if I”? Do you know why?
Because truthfully, when we wonder if our kid will ever potty-train, we think we’re failing in the whole bathroom business.
When our kids don’t turn in their homework on time or run consistently late for part-time jobs, we wonder where we went wrong.
If my kid becomes a two-year-old bully, my automatic thought is, “how did I fail so miserably at making this kid nice, and where is the sweet little baby I had mere months ago”?
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