“I never, even for a moment, doubted what they’d told me. This is why it is that adults and even parents can, unwittingly, be cruel: they cannot imagine doubt’s complete absence. They have forgotten.”
Update: Thanks, Todd, for reminding me of “This is Water” by DFW. I’m putting a link to the video here in case people don’t make it down to the comments. It’s ABSOLUTELY worth a watch!
“We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?”
I’m most often bothered about something to do with my parenting. That’s why I like this quote. It makes me feel like maybe that’s good — like if I stop being bothered by my parenting, then I’ve stopped growing as a parent.
It also gives me the Bradbury stamp of approval to bother my kids about things. And that’s something every parent should be happy to hear!
First, click this link:
The Onion: Dad’s been on a parenting kick lately
Did you click it? You didn’t click it did you. Nobody ever listens to me. Alright, fine. It’s an article from The Onion that describes an area dad who’s been on a parenting kick. They interview his daughter who confirms that he’s really been into the parenting stuff for the last week. But seriously, just click it. It’s better when you read it.
Next, please tell me I’m not alone in going on various parenting kicks. (This is called “upping the ask”.) Continue reading The never-ending, ever-changing quest for consistent parenting