Opinion: Dear parents of 2-year-olds

Danielle Wilson

I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the same year Dick Nixon was elected. Along with my twin sister and three younger sisters, I attended Catholic schools for thirteen years. (Holy Mother, pray for me.) I spent two years as a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado until I wised up and transferred to a more normal school, Indiana University, where I received a B.A. in history and a teaching license just for funsies. In 2001, I officially entered the ranks of stay-at-home moms to care for my two-year old son and newborn twins. I have mentally blocked all of 2002 and most of 2003. In 2004, I received a Master’s degree in U.S. History from I.U.P.U.I. and a fourth child from my should-have-had-that-vasectomy-sooner husband. From 2005 until mid-2010, I played Super Mom in the yet-to-be released indie film "Provide Daycare for Your Sister-in-Law's Children Because You Don't Have Enough to Do Already." I returned to teaching this fall at an undisclosed Indianapolis school where thankfully very few parents know who I am. I am considering developing a bad habit.

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  • Billy

    I enjoyed that piece. I’m not a parent, but I feel for you if you’re in
    these predicaments. I work at a supermarket, and I’ve met Moms with small
    children and even if their kids aren’t present, their presence is found on the
    cell phone. I talked to a customer who said that she had a 3 year old and a
    not-quite yet 1-year old. The way I described it to her, the female customer
    thought I was spot on. I told her, “You have a kid who’s 3 going on 14, and a
    soon-to-be 1 year old going on 12.” These are little kids trying to be
    independent, but everybody parent knows that smaller kids aren’t ready for prime
    time. From your description, your kids are now tweens (for the most part), and
    you recalled what you did your twins were two. Oh, the recollection.