Bummer Babies, and Everyone Else: New York Explains It All

crying baby 0 Bummer Babies, and Everyone Else: New York Explains It AllSo much for the domestic joys of Faminism.

It has come to the attention of New York magazine that even if people “love” their kids, they also find them annoying a lot of the time. Why do parents hate parenting? demands today’s cover story.

A condensed version of the magazine’s rationale for why kids make us unhappy:

- They do not do what one says. Rather, one must do what they say: “Kids, in short, went from being our staffs to being our bosses.”

- Are a big hassle and leave one with little leisure time: “I ask what she does on the weekends her ex-husband has custody. ‘I work,’ she replies. ‘And get my nails done.’”

- Intensify one’s fierce desire to WIN, causing stress: “When people wait to have children, they’re also bringing different sensibilities to the enterprise. They’ve spent their adult lives as professionals, believing there’s a right way and a wrong way of doing things; now they’re applying the same logic to the family-expansion business”

- Have to talk to them all the time: “Middle-class parents spend much more time talking to children, answering questions with questions, and treating each child’s thought as a special contribution. And this is very tiring work.”

- Seem like they’re going to be so great then inevitably disappoint: “‘There’s all this buildup-as soon as I get this done, I’m going to have a baby, and it’s going to be a great reward!’ says Ada Calhoun, the author of Instinctive Parenting and founding editor-in-chief of Babble, the online parenting site. ‘And then you’re like, “Wait, this is my reward? This nineteen-year grind?”‘”

These are basically the problems we find ourselves having with other people in general. It heartens us to learn that babies are pretty much same-old, same-old.