Parenting Do-Overs

There are lots of things that suck about being a parent.  Diapers come to mind right away, and not sleeping, and having to clean vomit off of carpet at two o’clock in the morning.  Also, making lunches every day.  That one totally sucks.  And eye rolls.  Eye rolls suck.  Especially when they’re directed at you.  

But I’m finding that what sucks the most, for me, anyway, is coming to terms with the fact that, in parenting, there are no do-overs. 

It seems to me that every week I read another article about things we should be doing to make our children healthier, smarter, more active, better readers and less obese.  And every time, I seem to be just behind the curve.  

Remember, years ago, when the pediatricians all announced that children under the age of two shouldn’t watch television?  At all?  My son was already three, and had been watching TV pretty much since birth.  Hello, ADHD!