The Kid’s Alright

Scene:  Another typical evening at home, post-dinner.

G is cleaning the kitchen, O is playing legos and I am trying to get a haphazardly-wiped down baby into her pajamas on the living room floor.

S is having none of it and log-rolls around the carpet, trying to flail her way out of the outfit. She wants to climb on the coffee table. I want her dressed. I persist. She cries.

I mockingly sympathize with her “Oh…I know, I’m so sorry…it’s so rough”

More angry wails. I stuff her robust arms into the fleece sleeper.

“Oh…I know, I’m a terrible person”.

“Don’t say that”, O says very seriously, suddenly looking up from his toys.

“Don’t say that – that’s not nice about yourself”.  He really meant it, staring at me with furrowed forehead.

I looked at him with such surprise, gave him a big bear hug and told him that was the nicest thing anyone had said to me all day.

Some days, you just need to hear – even from a four-year-old – that  you’re alright.

 

Author: The Baba 'Hood

Brianne L. Croteau is a Huffington Post blogger, writer, artist and founder of the The Baba ‘Hood, a chronicle of her adventures as a Baba, or “Lesbian Dad” to her two young children. In addition to journaling her observations on life, love, parenting, growing older and other related ridiculousness, Brianne’s work has been published in Curve Magazine, Well Rounded NY and Tagg Magazine. She lives with her wife, preschooler, toddler and is currently in need of a lot more sleep. Follow along at www.huffingtonpost.com/brianne-l-croteau or contact her directly at thebabahood@gmail.com

7 thoughts

  1. Ditto on what Linda said, Pal- I’m proud to know you’re out there being an awesome Baba! And, since four-year-olds are almost without the ability to say inauthentic niceties, kids got cred!

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