“It’s a process, not an event.” I heard this about a number of things in my kiddo’s toddler life – weaning, teething, potty training. Now I’m midway through another process with kiddo – switching schools for a second time.
Advice from parents who’ve been there, done that.
Like most adults in my age bracket (and younger), nearly everything I know about smart phones, the internet, social media, and my digital footprint is self-taught. My brother and I sometimes help our parents through the complexities of modern tech—like strong passwords and wireless routers. My mother bought her first smartphone in 2016, and while she enjoys having instant access to the weather, she still refuses to buy anything online.
I imagine parents at the turn of the 20th century had the same hesitation with automobiles. They probably watched their children puttering along in their “horseless buggies”, flabbergasted.
Just imagine, an entire generation taught themselves to drive. The equivalent can be said for Millennials who came of age when everyone was learning to use social media and handheld devices. In most cases, the younger generation taught their parents. No one ever explained to these young adults how posting a keg-stand pic freshman year could hurt their job search after graduation.
“You mean I have to actually talk to this person?” Not verbally. If used correctly, most parallel parenting communication is done through email.
You know those days when the kids’ noise level has reached a fever pitch, and all you want — with the passion of a parched woman in the desert — is a little peace and quiet? It’s even harder when you’re tired, which is every. single. day. There you are, bringing all the care you can muster to your mess of tiny humans, while silently screaming “Please SHUT UP for the love of God!”
Here are the five comeback strategies that work best when my wild things are winning.
I survived Lice War I when my daughter was three. Lice are on my mind again because I recently survived Lice War 2. I’m practically a three star general at this point.
I can complain all I want, but the truth is taking my child out is far easier for me than it was for my mother and generations prior.
Following these tips won’t guarantee fantastic pictures, but they should help you avoid looking like a dysfunctional cult on your next holiday card.
When you damage your hearing with noise, the loss is likely permanent.
Fun Sunday morning breakfast treat, pulling inspiration from the paleo diet, Weston A. Price, Bruce Fife, and a personal obsession with blueberries.
As awkward or embarrassed as you might feel discussing reproductive issues with someone who has them, I promise you, the other person feels worse.