>Yes, in the car the other day, I actually said to the FPK, “It’s something you just won’t understand until you are a parent.”
Seriously? Yes. Yes, I did. Now, I did preface it by saying that I remember hearing this from my mom and thinking she was just being difficult. And that I really didn’t get her reasoning at the time, but now that I’m facing the same decision-making for my child… it’s hard to explain the “why” sometimes. Sometimes it really just is that I am the mom and the choice is based on my being the human responsible for a younger human entrusted to my care.
Thankfully, I didn’t have to follow up with “Because I’m your mother and I said so.”
On a slightly related note, I really do hate that Sarah Palin has co-opted the whole Mama Bear metaphor for her political “mama grizzly” thing. The reality is that there are a good number of us Mama Bears that are not Palin-followers but get all growly when it comes to defending our cubs. Most of the decisions the FPK dislikes are actually me standing between the world and my little cub…