I need them. For my mental health.
And no, not the stories of other horrible people messing up—the stories of good, virtuous you messing up.
I need to know that you can be a good parent and still deeply, deeply suck at it, at times. Today, for instance. When I yelled so loudly at my son that my throat still hurts. (Did you know that mittens are an instrument of torture? That socks are painful? Neither did I, until I met Henry.) Thank god I don't have a deadline tonight because I need this glass of wine. And I need to go to bed before 8. And wake up in a few years, when he's able to dress himself.
Speaking of deadlines, a new Wonderland is up!
And now it's time for you to share your Stories of Parental Ineptitude. I know you won't let me down.
Now that I think of it, I'm holding a contest. The Parental Ineptitude tale that amuses me most will win...something. I haven't thought that through yet. My deep and abiding respect? Something like that. I need to have more wine and think about it.