Back in the day, parents had to remember three things:
- place children in the car, not on the roof;
- toasters don’t make good bath toys; and
- feed and water children periodically to avoid shrivelling.
Today? No spanking and no yelling (because that, too, is emotionally damaging), but no passive pansy-pants parenting either. Don’t say “no,” but don’t not say “no.” Hover parenting is out; free-range is in . . . until your neighbor-narc catches your kids walking and calls the cops. Build their self-esteem, but not too soon or suffer under the tyranny of empowered toddlers. Feed them all vegetables and quinoa — no, purely pork and peanuts — wait, I think they’re bringing gluten back. . . .
As much as kids drive us crazy, their craziness keeps us sane. As for all of the parenting information floating out there, it can be overwhelming, but if we let the nonsense entertain us and the good stuff nourish us, it works! And laughing, especially at our own parenting efforts, keeps us on the right side of our kids’ crazy!
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