HOLD THE PHONE!
Apparently there were a select few who received instruction manuals for this parenting gig!
I mean, it’s obvious that they were handed something extra – they always have ALL the answers.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that SOMEONE knows what the f**k is going on; that we’re not ALL completely winging it.
The issue I have, is that, [in most instances] the instruction manuals were given to the wrong people.
They were given to the snarling women in grocery stores who condemn the parents who cave in to their children’s demands; but then also condemn those parents who refuse to give in, and are subsequently dealing with a meltdown of epic proportions.
They were given to the smug childless couples who claim that if/when they have children; they certainly won’t behave like that.
They were given to those passive aggressive mothers at Mothers Group who suggest [at every possible opportunity] that their way is the only way to raise a successful human being.
They were given to people who love to boast about having all the answers; but don’t give a hoot about sharing them. (Or, in all fairness; perhaps just lack the capacity to convey the messages appropriately.)
So, to those who are in possession of a Parenting Instruction Manual, I say to you; please do us all a favour, and either start photocopying that shit – give the rest of us a chance to read up on all the secrets, so that we can be as perfect as you – or kindly keep your opinions to yourself.