They released a movie called “The Boss Baby” this year. We didn’t watch it, but I suppose we didn’t really need to pay $10 or whatever it costs now (we haven’t gone to the movies since you were born…19 months ago) to watch our lives on the big screen.
You’ve come into the role as a boss baby like you were born for it. It started with pointing , then some grunting or crying, and now full-on verbal demands. A lot of the demands are simple because it’s obviously all you know. You want milk. You want apples. You want your turtle. And like all things you / babies do, it’s straight-up funny and endearing…the tiny fingers, the soft yelling, the jumbled sentence structures.
As cute as it all is, I’m always so conscious and worried about whether I need to be “parenting” or in this case, teaching you not to be so demanding. The last thing I want is for you to become a Mr. Bossy Pants. That’s not to say you wouldn’t live a fulfilling life – you could have a very successful career as a manager who rules out of fear and you could have friends or a partner who prefers to go along with things. But I’ve always believed in the idea of balance and moderation, which has become my guiding compass in figuring out when I should be parenting.
You’re young and overly impressionable, but so impressionable that trying to mould you now seems too manipulative to me. I’ve always thought of your personality and mental state as a glob of playdoh, and I just want you to be a glob of playdoh in whatever shape or form you want to be. I could mould you into a pancake or a dog or a cube, but I rather you try and mould yourself with guidance along the way. I don’t even know if I’m making sense – I had wanted to explain my thought process when it came to parenting and now I’m talking about moulding playdoh.
In any case, what I want to say is you are who you are, and I want to enable you to fully realize whoever is in there. I know a lot of that gets shaped by your experiences, impressions, and interactions with others – I hope your mother and I can set a good example while also giving you the freedom to explore this amazing world we all share.