As a parent, you’ll learn you have a parenting sweet spot. A year in your child’s life where you feel like you’re made for parenting. Like a 3-point specialist in the NBA, every shot you take goes nothing but net. Could it be the first year of your child’s life? Sure. For me, it was when my boys were age four. Ages 0-3 were physically exhausting and five to present (7) are mentally taxing but four, that’s my sweet spot.
At age four, my kids were super curious and were all ears. They were feeling semi-independent, watching more things with a plot, discovering their artistic side and into all the good foods. I started thinking maybe it was time to write a parenting book. They hit five and the fairy tale ended. They
Two years later, I’m working on getting my shot back, wondering why it feels like nothing’s going in when I realize it’s not my shot that’s changed it’s the goal. I’m not even playing the same sport.
Parenting isn’t like a single sport, it’s the Olympics. So many events, some you’ll excel in, some you’ll adapt to but others you won’t even place. That’s what it’s like being a parent. There’s no gold medal but the participation trophy is plenty enough.