You know, there’s this thing called parenthood; what does it mean?
Is it subjecting the child to your will? Or being an example?
There are some people in my life that I would call “bad parents”. Just like the Supreme Court, I can’t quantify it, tell you what it is, but I know it when I see it. I think that parenting means to get the child to do what you want him to without letting him know that you are coercing him to do your will instead of his own.
For example, as a kid, I remember one time when my dad wanted me to do something that I of course did not want to do, he ended up saying, “because I’m the dad”. Then my preadolescent mind starts churning: who made him the dad anyway? Where’s the book on parenting? Here I am now, 15 years later, I still haven’t found that book.
I didn’t think that newborns were parentable; however, they are. Over the course of the last two months Eliza and I have read three books almost, about sleeping. Apparently, children need to be on a three hour sleep, eat, play schedule. This is not their natural habit, but it produces the most happy and well rested and well fed children. Our nights have pretty much been miserable for the last 3 1/2 months, but now, we’re finally seeing some results. Hallelujah! Last night, he put himself to sleep almost, without forcing us to go in there and rocking him to sleep for 20+ minutes. When he knows that neither one of us is going to go in there and help them get back to sleep he is able to learn how to do it on its own. I know adults that have trouble putting themselves back to sleep, even now. Did their parents not train them correctly as a child? That means I have a good chance of really messing my kid up.
Thankfully, actually have a job interview on Monday. It’s with some kind of cool, Department of Defense contracting company, where everything is secret and I can’t tell anyone about what I do for a job, maybe. It’s a panel interview, so it will be tough, but I think that if I get everything ready beforehand and study what I should know then it should be okay. I don’t know the details or anything else yet really; but, I’ll let y’all know, if anything good happens. Oh yeah, it’s in Seaside (near Monterey).
And that dear friends, is the Saturday update.