Remember how stupid feels
September 3, 2020
Parenthood is an exercise in fruitless repetition. I was reminded of that recently by our energetic 3-year-old, Oliver.
As he’s prone to do, the boy was bouncing off the walls one day and climbed atop our living room couch. He grinned wildly and flashed me a crazed look, which told me all I needed to know.
“Don’t do it,” I said coldly. “You’re going to hurt yourself…”
The boy jumped, promptly hurting himself and causing a mini-meltdown. After comforting him, I offered a bit of advice that I hoped might stick somewhere in his rapid-fire brain.
“The next time you think it’...