Ken and I struggled in those early weeks. We had prepared for Simone, bought all of the infant gadgets, read books, took birthing classes. Still, we were hopelessly unqualified to be parents.
We’re better now, fending off problems before they arise. That is what happens most of the time. My little people test my parenting in ways I could never imagine. There are the times when I gush. Those are the times when one of them blurt outs she loves me, clings to my leg, imitates something I say. Then there are the times when they talk back, refuse to do what I say, and otherwise act like a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old.
The parenting learning curve is steep. I’m not even sure it’s a curve but more a never-ending straight line. I enjoy all of it. Even if I don’t feel qualified to live up to the challenge of being a parent.