Saturday, August 25th, 2012
I am convinced that the best way to get someone to stop nagging you with their wrong opinion in regards to unsolicited parenting advice is just to simply smile and respond with, “You may be right.”
If they still go on rambling in an attempt to convert you, just said it again; this time raising your eyebrows and smiling even bigger.
You can even throw in peripheral phrases like “I think I might have read a blog about that recently” or “I’ll have to check that out.”
We live in a time when “I don’t agree with you” translates to some people as “I hate you.”
So if a person is already passionate about a polarizing parenting topic that I either A) already have a strong opinion on or B) am indifferent about, I’d rather just move on as quickly as possible to the next conversation topic, as opposed to becoming the next victim of a parenting extremist‘s solicitation speech.
Sometimes it’s just too much hassle to admit with someone that you disagree with them.
I don’t mean to sound like a person without passion and conviction. Because I am very passionate about the things that matter to me; likewise, I am extremely indifferent about the things I don’t care about or care to change.
“You may be right” is clever because it is also undeniably true.
No matter how firmly set I am in my opinions and stances on things like the kind of food I feed my kid or how I choose to discipline him, I could easily be wrong.
I am aware of that at all time. Whether the experts and scientific research support my view or not, still, I may be wrong.
Therefore, the other person with a different perspective as mine may very easily be right.
How arrogant of me to assume that I’m right most of the time about stuff. Or even half the time.
I might as well just assume, at best, I’m only right 49% of the time.
Granted, I want to be right, but I overanalyze stuff a lot.
Like when I half-jokingly wrote a post about hand-cuffing my son on the way to time-out.
It just seems weird to me that in the eyes of parents like me who are “non-spankers” it’s okay to discipline your child by physically restraining them by exiling them to time-out, as opposed to physically striking them.
Yet somehow the idea of taking physical restraint a step further and putting handcuffs on your kid is absurd.
I see double standards there. I see norms based on tradition. And I question that. I question myself.
So, I may be wrong about a lot of my parenting perspectives. The other people may be right.
And when I give them confirmation of that, it helps skip the annoying conversation topic I don’t want to be involved in, like a chapter on a DVD.
I’m such an impatient Millennial parent.
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Sunday, June 19th, 2011
Anywhere we go with our son, my wife and I also take our four year old digital camera. Between the two of us, we always have to be prepared to take a shot of Jack doing something for the first time. Or we have to provide proof of just how cool he looks in that moment.
As I was recently making creepy lizard faces at my son to make him laugh, I shared with my wife the realization that Jack won’t actually remember any of this.He won’t remember me pushing him around in a diaper box. Or my wife pretending to be a chicken. It hit me that all our crazy antics we do to entertain our son end up amusing the two of us just as much as they do him- but only we will actually remember it the next day.
My sister’s memory began when she was one and a half years old (in 1985) and mine began in 1983 (on my 2nd birthday.) Based on what I learned in Childhood Psychology in college, my sister and I are the exception to the rule to have a memory that began “recording” that early. But even when Jack’s long-term memory does kick in, there will only be random memories that stay with him for life.
But I guess that’s the way our entire lives are: We only remember certain memories, frozen in the nostalgic part on our brains, sometimes disguising themselves as dreams from childhood.
If you are the only person to remember an event happening years after it occurs, you hold the exclusive rights to it occurring. In theory, it only happened because you remember it. If you ever forget it, then it’s technically the same as it if it never happened, especially if no one else was there to notice the event happening: Especially ifthere were no photographs or videos taken of the event.
As one of the main photographers and the official journalist (daddy blogger) of Jack’s early years, I am preserving these otherwise forgotten details. These stories won’t just be simply contained in the memories of my wife and I, but they will be waiting for Jack to learn about when he gets older.
In the title I proclaimed that my wife and I are our son’s own paparazzi and TMZ show. But that concept is a universal one; it doesn’t just apply to us because I publicly journal my son’s life in a blog on Parents.com.
In an age where Facebook photo albums have replaced actual photo albums like our parents had to put together for us, chances are if you are tech savvy enough to be reading a parenting blog, you can relate to the allusions to being your own paparazzi and TMZ show for your kids and family.
P.S. This is my 100th post here on The Dadabase! You can start from the beginning or catch up on anything you missed in between: Just click on the archives on the right side of the screen. They go all the way back to when we first found out we were having a baby.
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