THINGS MY CHILDREN FIND OFFENSIVE

We all know kids dislike some things for reasons that defy all logic and common sense. Certain colors, an abhorred sippy cup, that one plate that is just so stupid, diapers, water; any of those things could potentially ruin a morning for my entire family. Before I had kids, I could never have imagined the breadth and depth of the things a child can hate. The anger and disgust that such a small, soft little thing can harbor never ceases to amaze me. 

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CHILDREN ARE JUST TINY, ANGRY KIDNAPPERS

I was joking with someone the other day about how all parents are suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. I stopped laughing abruptly when I realized how depressingly true it can be some days. There are some similarities between children and kidnappers, and the experience of new parents has a lot of things in common with being kidnapped. Based on the extensive research I've done on this condition (which consisted of half-reading a wikipedia entry while my kids threw cereal on the floor, and thinking about it while I was in the shower), I think I'm on to something really interesting. 

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