I was a firefighter, a policeman, a rock star, a mama bear, a bumblebee. I wore a helmet, a sword, bright blue beads in my hair and a bib around my neck. I built towers, an airport, a zoo, a pyramid, a bridge crossing an invisible river.
We have become those parents who are already annoyed before anything annoying happens. Who use time-outs like crutches, handing them out from morning to night. We are letting power struggles with a toddler take away our power as parents.
Little kids. They're sticky. They drip a lot. And they mess up our stuff. But we wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. We can't. We're actually not allowed. Most countries have very strict laws against it. So, since they're still ours for the next 18 or so years, let's learn from them.