In every parent’s blindspot

January 25, 2012

Dear Max

Parents know that parenting is unpredictable – just when you think you *know* your child and their movements and wants, things change. It’s like toddlers suss their parents out, and the moment they see them becoming comfortable with a routine, they rub their hands together, and think of how to sidestep and do things differently.

Take your bathing for example: you used to LOVE it. The bubbles. The toys. Then you hated it. And no amount of cajoling, promises of ice cream, or toys inside the bath can change that.

Or your eating. I thought I had mealtimes covered like a pro. You’d sit happily and eat. Now not so much. You’re more of a snacker and unpredictable in what you want, and when.

And one minute Shaun the Sheep is the Best Thing Ever, and the next, it’s “No Shaun. Go away sheep”.

You keep me on my toes dude, and I’m relearning that nothing stays the same. This parenting lesson is something that I take outside too – people change, routines change, and one can get side swept. It’s okay. And if you hate ice cream tomorrow or don’t want to wear shoes, that’s okay. I’m here for you through the changes and blind spots.


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  • karen at MomAgain@40

    Great post! Yes, they change all the time! đŸ˜‰

    January 25, 2012 at 10:02 am Reply
  • TJ

    What a lovely post!

    January 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm Reply
  • cat@juggling act

    It is really a very special talent kids have.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:37 am Reply
  • shane

    the hardest thing to change is exercise every day and reliance on the motor vehicle esepecially when you need it to work

    January 28, 2012 at 1:30 am Reply
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