We took the Knob to Gymboree the other day, and had a super fun time. It was a legitimate, good-natured, enjoyable experience, and forced us to interact with other parents and their kids.
Now, I’m personally a guy that tends to overthink absolutely everything, and I’m constantly sizing up other parents, kids, people on the street and certain domestic animals. Not so much a direct judgment in the case of other parents, but more a way to discern how we are parenting our offspring. Tricks, tip, hints and secret cheat codes are all sought in the efforts to make my skills as a parent even better. I’m the last one to say I’ve got the situation worked out perfectly, and every day I find myself realizing how right my parents were about certain things, much to my chagrin.
In addition, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t also looking for signs that we might be doing something “right” that other parents haven’t figured out yet. Kind of a disturbing parenting marathon, where we’re constantly seeing where we are in contention for awarded medals. It isn’t a competition, but I figure the better we can raise the Knob, the better his chances are to becoming a civilized, functioning member of society. My gut feeling is that we’re all doing this as new parents, even if we claim otherwise to our everyone else.