Just You Wait vs. Right Now
“Just you wait until you get married. Your life choices get narrower.”
“Just you wait until you have a child. Your life is no longer about you.”
“Just you wait until you have two kids. It’s completely different than having one.”
Seems like most of our time as a parent is spent either doing the “just wait” or the “right now.”
I do the right now when I’m giving my kid a bath; a lot of coordination is required to make sure he doesn’t hurt himself or drown.
I do the just wait when I see toddlers having meltdowns in public.
But I think the key to staying afloat as a parent is making a 3:1 ratio for right now to just wait. Anticipation can be useful for planning and forward thinking, but only in infrequent small doses.