Just thinking about how unprepared I am to raise a teenager and deal with the forces of nature unleashed upon my family. : )
Of course I was unprepared for babies too. I mean, you buy the books and the furniture and the diapers and get ready but you don't know how things really are. Once when I was a teenager I got to bottlefeed a baby raccoon. It scratched and clawed at the bottle and was kind of scary. It was good training for newborns. No one tells you they're feral.
And the thing with toddlers is all the control issues. Other than bribery, the secret is trickery. You never say, "You need a bath." You say, "Would you like a bath with bubbles or no bubbles?" "Bubbles!!!"
Everything is coiled up with so much emotion. Is everyone like this? Who knows?
Anyway. We can get ready, but we can't be prepared.
1 year ago