The Difficulties of Parenting

I read a blog post the other day that I felt the need to respond to, indirectly.  It's not that the idea that "parenting isn't hard" made me mad enough to respond to, but rather that I had a particularly bad parenting day yesterday and kept thinking about the author's idea that the fact that we should love our kids so much that it should be "easy" to not yell or lose our tempers with them, because that definitely was not happening for me.

Am I crazy?  Should it be easy to keep our tempers in check, to hold back on yelling, snapping, or grabbing a kid's arm?  I'm not talking about abuse, of course, that's never acceptable.  But I just don't buy that I love my kids less because I lose my temper and yell at them.

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