In previous lives, former Babble Deputy Editor Mira Jacob was the parenting editor at Yahoo! Shine, a writer for VH1's Pop-Up Video, the author of Kenneth Cole's Footnotes and Dan Savage's research monkey. These days, she runs Pete's Reading Series in Brooklyn, gets way too competitive in Scrabble, and likes fiction to the point where she doesn't mind being lied to, as long as it's entertaining. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband (a filmmaker), and their toddler son (a tyrant).
Listen, I understand the need for compassion when it comes to raising toddlers. I get that I need to be conscious of my son’s perspective and remember that he’s just going through all the normal developmental stuff. But honestly, when the kid decides to travel through Dante’s nine circles of hell and bring anyone within earshot with him, it’s hard for me to find my inner Gandhi. Here’s what really goes through my mind:
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Is your face supposed to be that color?
Because I’m not sure it is, and I’m not sure what I can do about it, but it sure scares the hell out of me.