What Daughter Ramona Taught Maggie Gyllenhaal
Unfortunately, newborns do not come with instruction manuals, and while you can do everything you think you need in order to be prepared, you never know what parenting is like until you have experienced it yourself. As parents, we all learn from our mistakes, and typically parenting gets easier as more kids come along. I made several mistakes with my first-born – that poor child felt the brunt of my first mom stupidity. Like the time I left him on the bed while grabbing something and he rolled right off, or the time he had a blow out in the car seat and we had to ride the rest of the way home with him sitting on a grocery bag, buck naked in his car seat, because we failed to pack a change of clothes or a diaper.
While I now laugh looking back on those moments, even know, almost seven years into being a parent, Preston is still the guinea pig for my parenting mistakes.
Like the time I left him on the bed while grabbing something and he rolled right off, or the time he had a blow out in the car seat and we had to ride the rest of the way home with him sitting on a grocery bag, buck naked in his car seat, because we failed to pack a change of clothes or a diaper.
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal feels the same way about her first born, Ramona. She talks about how Ramona taught her to be a better mother, “When my first daughter was born, I remember going out without a diaper and she had pooped all over herself. I had nothing to change her into, nothing to clean her with. I don’t know why no one told me I would need a diaper bag.”
Now in my defense, on the infamous grocery bag nudity day I knew I needed a diaper bag, but that day I had met my husband for our weekly drop-off on my way home from work and his way to school, the diaper bag was forgotten in the rush and we were literally 5 minutes from home when the accident happened. Gyllenhaal goes onto talk about how she is much better organized this time around as she parents her second daughter, Gloria Ray.
The fact is, though, that we should all be glad that our children are resilient. Even though I have learned a lot parenting my oldest, with each child I learn even more – and sometimes relearn – things I thought I was an expert on when something doesn’t work the same with a subsequent child. I feel like on this parenting journey, I will never be at a point where I know everything and that is one of the cool parts about being a parent; I just hope we all survive the learning curve!
What have you learned as a parent?
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