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Jennifer Senior

The parenting paradox

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I haven’t had a full night of sleep in seven months. My day involves diapers, spit-up, peek-a-boo, vocabulary words, Skippyjon Jones, and princesses. I pretend to be a leopard while doing laundry, preparing meals, and attempting to clean. The soundtrack from Frozen haunts my waking hours. Sometimes, I’m sure that I hum “Let It Go” while I sleep. I’m the parent of an infant and a preschooler. The humdrum of everyday routines come with slobbery smiles, tantrums, tears, laughter, and hugs. Like all other parents, I realized (philosophically) that a child changes everything. Other adults told me this as a warning, but I didn’t know exactly what they meant until my daughter arrived. A child makes you into a different…

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