Joyless parents: You're doing it wrong – Parenting – Salon.com
Love this quote, re: parenting:
It’s a humbling, daunting, awesome experience — and it’s hard enough without the added pressure of making every moment enriching and significant.
My kids make me happier, that’s for sure. And maybe part of that is because I think of parenting as a gift (and a responsibility), not a job. I’ve already got one of those.
I’m not going to beat myself up because Lulu’s not enrolled in little midget dance class or we can’t afford to send Kieran to space camp. I’m also not going to work three jobs to make those things happen. I’ll sell an amp and a couple of guitars when we need to buy a new heat pump, but that’s another mattter.
Also, I love my kids and my life. There have been times when I’ve loved my kids a little less (like when Lulu’s throwing a fit and Kieran isn’t listening to a thing I say), and my life a little less (when a student is throwing a fit and my boss isn’t listening to a thing I say) but 99.9% of the time, it’s all good. I’m pretty sure my wife feels the same way, and I guess I’m lucky.
Or at least reading about these sad, wealthy white people makes me feel lucky. And isn’t that what matters?