That’s the thing about children: They have their own way of seeing the world. It’s one of their best qualities, and often one of their most frustrating qualities, too. They live in the moment. They don’t think ahead. If they’re upset or happy, you can’t just ask them to hold the emotion until you’re done with a phone call. They operate on their timetable, not ours.
""Brenda Barnes’ Wisdom, and Our Anti-Parent Workplace" is from the January 23, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Kristi Burns.