Guest Post: Parenting Haikus By Life Stage

July 8, 2014 by Jennifer Carsen

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Today’s guest post is courtesy of Samantha Rodman, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in private practice and a mom of three sweet/demonic kids under 4 1/2. Guess which job is harder? (Hint: not the one for which she is financially compensated.) Visit her blog, Thoughts on Psychology, Kids, and Reality TV, on Facebook, and on Twitter at DrPsychMom, and judge her parenting.

Newborn

Peeing while breastfeeding.
Every new mom has done this
It’s multi-tasking.

Crawler

Across the playground,
See him eat mulch. Don’t judge me,
Mom of just one kid.

Toddler

Are you friend or foe?
Who knows what you will do next.
I am terrified.

Preschooler

You can pump your legs!
Swinging you no longer feels
Like I’m Sisyphus.

School-Aged

Two years in advance,
Already I am dreading
The dioramas.

Teenager

If you can hide things
As adeptly as I did
I will not worry.

College-Aged

You better be smart.
There is no way I can pay
For all three of you.

Adult Child

I already know
I’ll miss your childhood stages
(except you, toddler).

Grandchild

I will babysit
But will try not to intrude.
So I like to think.


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