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My Child Is Better Than Your Child ... Or Maybe Not??

Posted by on Apr. 30, 2013 at 3:08 PM
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My Child Is Better Than Your Child ... Or Maybe Not

by Bob Meadows

Xavier on slideI’ve read for years about parents getting puffed up with their child’s accomplishments and deflated when the little ones came up short. They were obviously pathetic people so uncomfortable in their own skin, so unable to find fulfillment within themselves, that they’re going to make their child’s life miserable, thought my non-child-having self. Children are children, and you love them regardless, so how can you have such highs and lows. Surely I wouldn’t act that way when I had a child of my own.

Hah, laughed some guiding force of the universe. In the 15 months since my son came along, this superior-inferior battle has waged mercilessly in my head. See for yourself:

Superior: When my son exclaims Daddy! when I enter the room and laughs and smiles. Hah! He knows I am the Protector, the Provider, the Pack Mule Who Lugs His Stuff!
Inferior:
When my son calls every adult Daddy.

Superior: When I see toddlers munching on chips, candies and other unhealthy things for breakfast. My son had a cupcake on his birthday, but otherwise, it’s been fruits, veggies and lean cuts of meat! Take that!
Inferior:
 When I recently had to tell my son, in public, that a whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter is not a hat. And I didn’t pack a wash cloth! Bad Dad!

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Superior: When my son is the only child not crying at a gathering full of other kids. I am a great parent! Look at how in sync my son and I are.
Inferior:
When my son is the only child crying at a gathering full of other kids. Why do the acoustics on the subway amplify his wail into Godzilla’s bellow?

Superior: When my son shrugs off shots at the doctor’s office. He’s a tough little guy, just like I was(n’t).

I know (think) I’m not the only one; when do you have these moments?

by on Apr. 30, 2013 at 3:08 PM
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IUND
by on Apr. 30, 2013 at 3:09 PM

 Yep..every day!

..A5HL3Y..
by Gold Member on Apr. 30, 2013 at 3:10 PM
All the time :-) Lol some days my kids are geniuses....other days they're normal kids lol
Dzyre1115
by Desiree` on Apr. 30, 2013 at 3:13 PM
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 LOL, I only really notice those kind of instances when I'm on here.  In life I just raise my kids and try not to worry about whether or not I am doing it the way everyone else thinks I should be.  I have ideals and I do my best to live up to them, but I do understand that there will be bumps in the road and it won't always go according to plan. 

la_bella_vita
by Bella on Apr. 30, 2013 at 3:17 PM

 Yes : )

Mommy2b2many
by on Apr. 30, 2013 at 3:23 PM

I have these moments quite often...

Leobaby2007
by on Apr. 30, 2013 at 4:17 PM

 All the damn time. :-)

flawskii
by on Apr. 30, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Yupp

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ImNotKarl
by Also Not Paul on Apr. 30, 2013 at 4:34 PM

All the freaking time. Every day.

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Apr. 30, 2013 at 4:36 PM

For my sanity, I stay away from other moms with the same age kids and gender.

Elle.tea.22
by Ruby Member on Apr. 30, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Everyday. My baby had never cried in front of anyone I knew until last week and it was hunger. People still complemented me. I'll admit I was surprised too. Easy birth, easy to BF, slept through the night after 1.5 months, and rarely cries and when he does, it's not "the thing that never shuts up" like I thought babies would be. He's only been sick once and it was 3 days, eats good, taken to the spoon good, switches bottle and breast no fuss. 

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