I am addicted to Yahoo Answers Parenting and Pregnancy section. You can find me there telling people how much they don’t know about parenting.
Someone asked “How hard is to raise a baby?” I started replying and realized there was a blog post in there.
There are good and bad, hard and easy, terrible and wonderful things about every age and stage of raising a child.
Newborns sleep a lot, only require milk for eating, are portable and washable. They are up every few hours to eat, you don’t get a lot of time for your needs, you are changing diapers sometimes 12 or more times a day. If you can keep your eyes open.
Babies are a lot like newborns except they are doing fun things like smiling and cooing and batting at dangling toys. You are a little more restricted in your going out times as you need to be home so baby can sleep.
Toddlers: your sweet cooing darling is now on his or her feet and you have learned your house is like a minefield. Electrical receptacles once waiting to give you electricity, now are deadly holes in your wall that need to be plugged. Anything on the edge of a counter is a dangerous weapon. And all that money you used to find on your floor as a treat is now a choking hazard. And you will not believe how much money is on your floors.
Preschoolers: well you dodged the minefield and made it to potty training and “terrible twos and threes.” At this age your child has a whole bunch of needs and wants and they want to let you know, except they don’t have the language quite yet to communicate clearly. You spend a lot of time guessing what they want, probably wrong guesses. Also you get to start setting limits such as you don’t need to help the dog eat his food and you can’t put three DVDs in the DVD player at the same time and just how did you manage to get three DVDS out of their cases while I threw in one simple load of laundry?
School age: Well they are out of the house. Now you have to navigate the new landscape of playdates and friends, homework and teachers who may not be on the same page as you in their teaching style. Plus everything your child is learning at school may look like familiar, but it’s not. They are teaching your child do everything the exact opposite of the way you did it.
Pre-teen: Hormones. Angst and a lot of wants and demands. Kind of like the preschool years. They have a lot of things they want and can’t do themselves yet. Like going to the mall.
Teenagers: More angst. Plus dating, talking about sex, drugs and rock and roll. Unless you listen to rock and roll in which case they will gravitate to country or jazz.
Young adult hood: THey are out the house. They are competent young people. And you sit back and count the days until they get married and have children so you can have a baby in the house again.