surrounded by arseholes: As a new dad who hasn't slept more than 3 continuous hours in the last 2.5 weeks, I've found that there were times where I wanted to off myself....but never my boy. And sweet Jews with Jesus does he hate being changed at night!/it gets better right?//hello? anyone?
ristst: 180IQ: To be fair, the parents are deaf. This means they're likely to be both unemployed and functionally illiterate.I have a couple of hearing impaired friends who would absolutely take a swing at you for saying this./neither are unemployed nor illiterate.
TopoGigo: sleeps in trees: Keep baby in his own bed as much as possibleI don't really think there's anything explicitly wrong with "co-sleeping", as the hippies call it. It just presents problems down the road. Plenty of divorces get their start during the first couple of months of childrearing. Mom feels Dad isn't pulling his weight. Mom feels Dad doesn't love the baby as much as she does. Mom gets exasperated and nags Dad so he'll do his half of the job. (Nevermind the fact that almost no couple can come to any fair agreement on division of labor. Plenty of dads think Mom should do it all, and plenty of moms think Dad should work 40 hours a week while Mom stays home, but still do 50% of the housework and childrearing.) Meanwhile, Dad feels like Mom treats him like a hired babysitter who just isn't very good at the job. Dad is afraid he's a terrible father because the biological urges to not throw the irritating torture device known as baby to the wolves aren't as strong in males as in females. Nobody was brave enough to mention that fathers don't really get personally involved until they can see evidence of a potential padawan emerge. All of this creates monumental stress on the relationship. There is absolutely no reason to throw in the added stress of the crying baby sharing the bed, removing any chance of intimacy that was there in the first place. And then, once you get the kid in the habit, you won't sleep alone for six or seven years. More if you have another kid. A friend of my wife sleeps with her 8 and 10 year old boys and three little dogs...and is shocked that she has trouble keeping a boyfriend....
trappedspirit: And this is one of the reasons I am not in law enforcement. These two would have just disappeared. Knowing full well that one of them was probably an order of magnitude more culpable than the other, it wouldn't have mattered. I would have looked at them and figured no one with any kind of pull would be missing them and they would have disappeared. There wouldn't even have been anything tortuous about it. Except for the brief moment for the second one realizing that the first one just hit the floor like a discarded bag of rotten potatoes. I supposed that moment before I could get to the second one would be some form of psychological torture, which wouldn't sit well with me. But the whole thing would reach conclusion quickly. And I would consider the laborious cleanup my penitence.
Kaenneth: I'd love to have a child, except for the first 2-4 years or so.
gonegirl: I laughed way harder at that headline than was appropriate.Curse you, subby.
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