Just in case you ever think you have this parenting thing figured out

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It’s a common subject of discussion between mothers how one’s own children can be so vastly different from one another. I know why children who share the same gene pool, the same environment, and the same parentage turn out to be entirely different people — it’s nature’s way of keeping their parents from getting becoming too self-satisfied with their own parenting skills.
You have your first child, you do things a certain way because you are convinced it’s the best way, and things turn out pretty well. You begin to get a bit big-headed about it, thinking, “Behold! See what I and my superior parenting skills have wrought!” Then, inevitably, child #2 comes along and those unrivaled credentials do not produce anything close to the same results. Mother and Father are humbled, Child #1 continues to behave beautifully, as she would’ve naturally done even if she’d been raised by a pack of wolves, and Child #2 wreaks havoc and runs everyone ragged. It’s the natural order of things.
Not that I know from experience, or anything.

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About msmaryb

I'm a native Californian who lives in Oklahoma. I'm a full-time student, pursuing a Bachelors in Anthropology, following which I hope to attain a Masters in Archaeology. I have three kids, one husband, no pets, and a lot of friends - most of whom live inside my computer. I love to read, write, watch tv (shut up, we can't all be brain surgeons), shop, and travel. I'm trying to set foot in all 50 states before I die. I have 38, so far. I love the Beatles and Maroon 5, and if you think those two things are incongruous, well, they are. But that's me. When I love something, I love it 100%. I don't do anything halfway. I want to know everything there is to know, so I'm trying to cram as much into my brain as I can in the short amount of time I'm allotted in this dimension.

3 responses »

  1. Hello, I found your blog & I can agree that raising children is a challenging, yet wonderful thing. About the time I think I’m doing well, one of my kids surprise me. My children are 15, 12, & 9. I also have two step-daughters who do not live with us. They are 18 & 13.
    I feel that I’m a good mom, most of the time, however; some days – I wonder.

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