Diapers and feedings can be outsourced to a nanny or a babysitter. Teaching them about the sometimes-harsh world around them is a job that only a parent should do.
Those items we give them and their reactions, in the moment, mean nothing. Those things are just temporary.
Some of my lowest points from the past few years are softened by their links to some great memories with my children.
There are very few good parenting moments that allow us to put our feet up in another room, but this is one of them. It’s like finding a vegetable that tastes like ice cream cake.
The memories that matter to our kids, not to us, are the ones that make a difference