8 Exciting Vistas that Parenting Makes Visible

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Conor P. Williams

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  1. Avatar Deb
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    Thanks for the chuckle. So true….Report

  2. Avatar Dan Miller
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    I’ve said for a while that the single best analogue to having a kid is to pick up a really serious drug habit–something like Requiem for a Dream or Trainspotting. All of a sudden, the things you used to enjoy are less important, and you devote a huge amount of your time and effort to this new pasttime. You lose friends and replace them with others who share your new hobby, accept things that you never would have done before, and if anyone asks you will say–honestly–that you’ve never known anything this meaningful, even as it looks unpleasant to an outside observer. Honestly, the biggest difference is the relative esteem that society grants to each activity.

    (No offense intended, by the way–if this comes off as insulting, I sincerely apologize).Report

  3. Avatar Jonathan McLeod
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    This is spot on, Conor. It is so incredibly life changing. The thing about poop is the quintessential point that accurately encapsulates the existential paradigm shift that is parenting.

    Well done.Report

  4. Avatar Jaybird
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    I’ve never had any kids, but as a cat owner I can’t help but see parallels between the two.

    Excellent post!Report

    • Avatar Michelle in reply to Jaybird
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      As someone who regularly cleans up after four cats and an elderly pug, I can also see the parallels, especially given that said pug regularly wakes me between 5 and 6 a.m. needing to pee. But, unlike babies, my animals will never go through adolescence. Thank G-d!

      Great post!Report

  5. Avatar Kazzy
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    There is a new series of Luvs ads, with a theme of “First Kid, Second Kid” and juxtapose a parent moving through a certain rite-of-passage with a first child and then with a second child. It’s a really great and clever series of spots that this post reminded me of. I am considering a write up of them, because the one involving breast feeding is generating some strong feedback.

    Regardless, as someone whose baby is do ANY MINUTE NOW, this is very timely advice.Report

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