the problem with parenting

There is one big problem with parenting.

Children who are young enough to need a lot of care are also, by the laws of nature, too young to appreciate it. Mary, for example, is two and a half. I cook her meals, fill her bottles (okay, sippy cups, but really), tuck her in for naps and go back in to refill her water every.stinking.time, carry her when she gets tired, clean her butt (!!!), do all of her laundry and dishes, play with her more or less on command, clean and refill her wading pool regularly, help her get dressed and undressed….the list goes on and on.

And all she thinks about this is “Why doesn’t that lazy slob get down my Play-Doh?”

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