One thing I wish I knew earlier as a dad:
Whatever you are worrying about today will seem ridiculous in two years, because..
In two years you’ll look back and laugh about freaking out about sleep. In two years you’ll look back and laugh about worrying about what age your kid was walking, talking, etc.
See, in two years it’ll be just another thing to worry about. This is a terrible habit and some habits are hard to break.
Do yourself a favor and just enjoy life. Laugh it off. Stop tensing up and worrying.
See this baby girl? This picture my wife took of us? See how she’s looking up at me?
That’s what they do.
They look up at us. They see our faces, our body language before they ever understand a word out of our mouth or understand the world… they don’t care what brand paci they are chomping on. They don’t care that their peers walked before they did, read before they did…
Sometimes I wonder if we teach our kids competition > community from the get go by worrying about all of these things. They are then left to leave them to untangle the mess we just made for them.
Learn to laugh it off. Be present. Stop worrying – or the only thing you’ll be reflecting and teaching them is what you were trying to avoid in the first place.
What are things you wished you knew before becoming a parent? We want to hear from you because I’m sure we have a lot to learn.