What’s the Deal with Parenthood?

It sounds like a bit from one of Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy routines. Jim Gaffigan and Robin Williams have had some of the funniest and truest comedy routines about parenting I’ve ever heard. You’re probably wondering though, why is a twenty-something year old writing about parenthood? He knows nothing.

And you’re 100 percent right.

But in all honesty, who does? Sure if you’ve been there, done that a few times, I can see you knowing a bunch about parenthood. But we’re constantly in a state of learning, no matter how young or old we are.

Recently, in life’s changes, I’ve temporarily moved in with my sister and brother-in-law. We all have a good relationship, so there’s nothing disastrous happening between us. But I’ve gotten an inside look at what it’s like to raise a child on a daily basis.

Britt, you can stop sweating if you’re reading this.

My nephew is about a year and a half old. Being my sister’s first and only child, she and my brother-in-law are learning how they want to parent and how they don’t want to parent. Through every day successes and struggles they’re going above and beyond to be the best they can be for their son.

I’ve come to a deeper appreciation altogether for people who are raising and have raised kids. Realizing it’s okay to not know what you’re doing has reassured me and taken away some of my fear of becoming a parent one day.

Nobody has perfect parenting techniques or solutions. And no one should expect that or be judging anyone raising a child. Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, sibling, or friend, you have no place to. You do have the right to stand in a place of respect and support, though.

All in all, as long as you’re doing your best, even on the days where you’re running on little sleep or you’re ready to pull your hair out and admit your kid to the zoo, I see you and I appreciate you. Good job, whoever you are, you’re a BA mother or father, keep it up!

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