Orignally posted in a note on Facebook - Thursday, December 31, 2009
(Note: my kids are now 6 and 4, so.. we made it another two years, and it DOES get better!)
Now that I'm a mom of a 4 and 2 year old, I find I'm prone to giving advice to new and soon to be new Mom's. From a generation of video gamers, this is my analogy for children...
Babies, are relatively easy as they have so few wants. Babies are like level 1 parenting. If you can handle that, you get Level 2: toddlers, if you can handle that, you get Level 3: school children, if you can handle that you get The Boss Level: teenagers. After teenagers you pretty much beat the game and get the perks of winning (even if its just that they move out ;)).
That being said, level 1 never seems that easy! You're too busy learning about the controls and how to navigate the game!
The good thing is, they DO come with a help manual (most hospitals provide the free children's encyclopedia), 24 hour Tech support hotline (your parents and friends and the nurse's hotline), and some interesting quests to complete (The Quest for Less Gas is always a challenging one..).
So get ready - you're in for an adventure!