The past few months have given me two big insights as a parent. First, no matter how well I think I know my kids, they are capable of surprising me. Sounds obvious, right? After eight years with Eleanor, though, I had reached the point that I could predict her every reaction, her every like and dislike.
A few months ago, we taught Henry to ride a bike. He had mastered a balance bike before turning 2 and flew around the neighborhood on those tiny wheels. We thought that putting him on a pedal bike would allow him to keep up with us on family bike rides.
Over winter break, we helped Henry quit his pacifier habit. He had been addicted to the pacifier since infancy, when we foisted it upon him until he learned to like it. He was a calmer baby than Eleanor, and I’m still not sure whether that can be credited to the personality or the paci.