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BabyCenter: I *won't* get pulled into your whirlpool of parental terror
"Avoid common childproofing mistakes," says one. "Is your child in the best school?" says another. "7 signs that your child loves you," says another (oh! could you tug a little harder at the strings holding up my fragile parenting ego?) "Car seat mistakes almost all parents make" arrived January 29, only two days before "7 ways to be a better parent" on January 31. I can only imagine one of those ways is to adjust the car seat properly. And if you do that, your child will love you! Right?
The day after I wonder "Is your child's emotional development on track," I get "8 signs of a bad
babysitter." Could my child's emotional development be harmed by his babysitter? I have to wonder. Two
days after I read "Why you may still look pregnant" I get "6 real moms" who "reveal their
fitness secrets." Other "secrets" I may learn this year include those for "successful
time-outs" and (my personal favorite) how to "be the best mom possible in 2006" ('cause I clearly sucked
so badly in 2005).
I refuse to click through to most of these lists, secrets, mistakes and open-ended, terror-inducing questions. I won't be pulled into your whirlpool of parental terror, BabyCenter. Reading your email subjects is enough reminder of all the ways I fail at being that perfect parent, whose child is getting enough sleep and has been enrolled in the "best" school since he was just the size of a kidney bean (as your weekly email so kindly informed me).
And frankly, I don't need any more terror in my life. I don't need anyone else
asking me if my child is getting good enough nutrition or if his car seat is buckled properly. Reading BabyCenter
rarely gives me a solution that works for me: it just reminds me to worry. And I'm all full up on angst, right here.