How Do You Teach Your Kid to Wipe His Own Ass?

And other parenting questions, asked and answered

Lindsay Hunter
Human Parts
Published in
6 min readJul 25, 2018

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Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

OOne of the enduring aspects of motherhood is wanting, badly, to talk to other parents about kid stuff. Do other moms hate going to the park? With a newborn, how/when/how sex? Is it okay if my kid repeatedly jokes that I’m dumb? And on and on.

Recently, I reached out to my parent friends and asked if they had any questions they wanted answered by a fellow parent. These are questions I’ve tortured myself about, and I loved considering my answers. If you have a question you’d like me to answer in a future column, send it to lindsaydevonhunter@gmail.com. I will answer it as truthfully as I can, with no judgment and lots of love. And then you can decide if it resonates or if it’s poppycock. Because every family should choose for themselves what works best. You know who gets to decide if my kids can watch TV during two out of three daily meals? I do.

Here we go!

Do you feel like it is your duty to fill your kids’ days with activities? To entertain them constantly?

Here’s what I want to say: No! I don’t feel this pressure! My children aren’t paying me, so why should I feel pressured to entertain them?

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Lindsay Hunter
Human Parts

Lindsay Hunter is the author of two story collections and two novels, most recently Eat Only When You’re Hungry. She lives in Chicago.