Writing a book is a pretty cool accomplishment. And if you’ve actually demonstrated the compassion and commitment it takes to pen 200-plus pages of somewhat sensical material on a single topic, you have every right to be proud.
So tell your family and friends. Tweet it to all your followers. Go on a talk show, shout it from the top of a mountain, spray paint it on the side of your car or hire a professional skywriter if you want.
Just please don’t compare it to having a baby.
People who’ve written something big seem to do this all the time – equating the oh-so-tortuous writing process to the act of giving birth. Or referring to the finished book itself as my baby.
But we’re not down with that.
Because now that we’ve done both things – having babies twice (with a third on the way) and writing our awesome new parenting book Think Like a Baby (which is officially on sale now!), we can tell you that these two experiences are NOTHING alike.
We like to keep the parenting discussion pretty positive here on the blog. But every now and then, we feel the need to do a little ranting – about our kids’ most terrible toys, or a paper towel ad that completely misrepresents parenthood.
Well today we’re adding another crappy commercial to our list of parenting peeves. This one comes from nobody’s favorite media provider, Time Warner Cable, for their TWC TV app ad titled “Pillow Fort.”
Your kids, our kids, the kids who live next door, and the kids screaming their little heads off right in front of you in the checkout line at the toy store.
They all have way more toys than any of them actually need, and way more than they ever seem to be able to adequately pick up.
That’s why we parents are constantly finding them – not just with our eyeballs, but also with our bare feet when we’re walking down the stairs each morning (dangerous!), with our butts when we finally plop down onto the couch after suffering through another entirely-too-long bedtime routine (painful!), and with our car tires when we’re backing out of the driveway (awesome, since now we actually get to throw one of these things away!)
Given the sheer numbers of toys overwhelming us at every turn, it’s actually pretty surprising that only a couple of our kids’ toys are really, really bugging the crap out of us right now.
Have you seen the Bounty commercial with a little boy showing his baby brother how to use a straw to blow bubbles in his chocolate milk? The kid makes a truly epic mess, with thick streams of dark, sugary moo juice flowing out of his cup, over the sides of the dining room table, and onto the floor below.
What’s their mom doing during all this, you might ask?
Oh, just thinking that it’s pretty much the most adorable thing she’s ever seen.