I've been thinking so hard about what parents of white kids can learn and talk to our kids about in the wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin. I wrote a piece about it that seems to be polarizing people: "Talking about race with our white kids after Trayvon's murder"
Here's the second batch of four match-ups for Round 2. Voting 9 am EDT to tomorrow 9 am EDT.
Have at it.
Child begs you not to go to work
I'm not sure which is worse, when your child begs you not to go to work to a job you're only doing because you have to pay the rent and buy food, or when your child begs you not to go to work to a job you love but technically don't need to work at because you'd have enough to live on otherwise.
Sand…everywhere…for months… And you're the only one who notices or cares.
Nanny at the playground chastizes you
The worst part of it is being chastized by someone who gets to leave the child every night and not have to deal with anything that happens in the middle of the night. And why should kids have to stay clean at the playground anyway? You can't believe the nannies at the playground have been talking about you.
Baby pukes in your mouth
I know a lot of you reading this think this is some horrrible dystopian fantasy of what happens during parenting, but there are a shocking number of us who have had our children vomit or spit up directly into our mouths. Close your eyes and get that mental image for a second.
Partner can't soothe baby
So it's all on your shoulders. You feel resentful, angry, and worried about your partner's relationship with your child if your partner can't even figure out how to soothe the baby, even though you've given them the alone time and space to figure it out together.
Child puts golf ball down toilet and plumber can't get it out
$250 wasted, for nothing but a new toilet and the realization that you actually did need the toilet lock after all.
And you wonder if there's something about you or your children that she didn't like, or if it's about money, or something else. Is it you?
WOHM shunned by SAHMs at school
You know you don't know everything that's going on at the school because you're not there all the time. The moms who are there all the time seem to think you don't care about your child because you can't be there to supervise lunchtime.
Voting for the next batch of match-ups will be open all weekend, from 9 am EDT Saturday through 9 am EDT Monday.