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2013-05-29 12:09 am (UTC)
I'll admit that sometimes I'm part of the problem in the cult of parenting is always happy and shiny. But partly that's because I don't want to scare people off. I rarely tell my birth story to pregnant moms, not becuase it was particularly difficult (in fact, it very much wasn't) but because they're already stressed enough about facing their own and why add to that. In that same way I rarely tell my horror stories of having two kids less than two years apart neither of whom slept through the night before age five or was willing to not be held pretty much 24/7 until age 3 (which makes my memories of Erik's first year a long montage of holding a baby and a toddler all the time) to people who are pregnant, or have infants or toddlers themselves. Although I know my experience wasn't typical the last thing I want to do is scare people.
And then I think, you know what I might be depriving folks of the idea that it's ok to have bad days. I don't want to do that either!
It's totally ok to be frustrated sometimes. Small people are still people. And we all get frustrated because of other people occasionally!
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