An Incomplete List of The Ways In Which I'm an Unfit Parent in Indonesia:
- I did not bathe my child before bed.
- I did bathe my child before bed, but did not allow her hair to dry completely.
- I allowed my child outside without a sweater, at complete mercy of the equatorial breezes and warm summer temperatures. Neglectfulness, thy name is ME!
- I let my daughter get rained on. The next day she got a fever. Causality therefore established, and parenting accreditation revoked.
- In order to soothe a sore throat and encourage consumption of calories, I allowed my sick girl to eat ice cream and drink cold milk. Both of which are known evils and cause untold episodes of childhood morbidity.
- Despite a slight fever, I let my kid splash in a pool. In 32 / 90 degree heat, thereby tempting both fate and further compilations of the illness already brought about by poor parenting choices and exposure to cold / wind / rain.
I dunno. I'm not inclined to buy into the notion that cold / wetness / wind causes illness, the fact that on two sererate occasions my kid got rained on and then got sick (fever, and then higher fever + ear infection) might have me re-evaluating my position on the matter. And so might this, the face of a sick and totaly pissed two-year-old.
My fault. Sorry kid.