Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Manual

Kids don't come with an instruction manual. When they send you home from the hospital, there's no book. There's no guide. Sure, there are a million books out there written by so-called experts. There are books that tell you how to do everything. There are books that tell you how to get your kids to sleep. There are books that tell you what to feed them. And there are books that contradict everything those books say. But there aren't any books for this kid. There is no help for figuring out what will work for this kid.

There are times in the lives of all parents that push you to the edge. That you start to wonder if you are doing the right thing. Where you feel like a complete and total failure. When you wonder if you are irreversibly screwing up your children.

The hardest part of parenting is that you never really know what is coming next. Just when you think that you are starting to figure it all out, you get broadsided by something new and unexpected. Some new phase. Some new drama. Some new challenge. And it never ends.

Just for a little while, I'd settle for boring and dull and predictable. Just for a little while.

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