I wanted to write something, and, as always, this is probably a bad idea.
Here’s the obligatory disclaimer: I do NOT have children of my own yet. However, I’ve spend a significant amount of time around them for a long while now. I’ve babysat, looked after, warred with and taught children of various ages - from itty bitty tiny wrinkly baby burritos to lanky, sneering 12 year olds.
I’m not claiming to have divine knowledge. A lot of this will vary by individual person (I mean child, but yes, children ARE people.) But I do have some interesting theories that I haven’t heard anyone else talk about before, so I figure - better late than never!
The first thing I want to address is the simple idea that whatever children do, they do it on a totally LOGICAL level based on their previous life experiences. By which I mean - if a baby is crying because you took away its toy, that baby is JUSTIFIED in being THAT UPSET about such an insignificant thing.
The amount of Bad Things that happened to Baby are uh… very small. Chances are, it’s had a pretty cushy baby life. It gets food, it gets love, and it’s sense of object permanence is not yet a thing, so it doesn’t understand how the capitalist machine is working against communities to take away the commonwealth.
In this case, “my whole life” is like, 6-7 months. Listen, if you had only been on this planet for less than a year, YOU’D be drooling over rattle toys too. And you’d also be similarly displeased at tiny things which no longer bother you now.
The thing is - this is not only applicable to babies. This is applicable to ALL people. We deal with our problems and REACT to our problems using the scope of knowledge available to us. When you’re 4, the worst thing that you have experienced will probably be your Day To The Pool getting canceled. If that’s the Worst Thing, then YEAH, you’re gonna cry about it! You’re gonna throw a tantrum!
And then in 5 years, you’re gonna grow up and learn that 4th grader Lilly is a Traitor First Class and you’ll cry about her stealing your stickers - and the Canceled Pool Day won’t bother you as much because you understand now that there are bigger things to worry about.
With that behind our belt, let’s move on to my main concern.