“Being a parent of little kids is sometimes like being a special forces operator.” That’s the way it’s been feeling these last few days.
Of course, we don’t have to apply lethal force in the course of conducting parenting operations; and certainly we are not in harms way (typically) when parenting. So no one is trying to kill us, and we’re not trying to kill anyone.
But there are similarities otherwise.
Sleep. Interrupted or otherwise, often there will not be enough sleep. You have to operate at the highest level possible all the same.
Frequently you will be operating at night. Therefore, stamina is critical.
Non-lethal, hand-to-hand combat might be necessary from time to time. Wrestling or JJT skills can help in this regard.
Attention to detail, ability to quickly adapt, and a sense calm and focus under mounting chaos and discomfort are all very helpful attributes for field operators and parents.
Often times things with little kids don’t go as planned. You might the best intentions and ideas as to how to proceed on a particular objective, and then things go sideways. You have to be able to quickly and complete adapt to move the mission forward, improvise, and make the best of it.
Finally, as in special operations, personal excellence, solid teamwork, and fundamental ability to leave your ego at the door will all help in parenting little kids. Parenting: It’s one of the highest callings there is anywhere.
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