It’s difficult to keep from wincing when thinking about the future condition of the world. Considering the habitation of our children takes precedence over cleaning, most days, and a 15-month-old is certainly more fascinating to watch stack blocks and flip through books than a fish tank. I drive myself crazy focusing on ways to conquer personal fears and insecurities so as to not allow the wrong projections to be carved into Eden’s wet cement mentality. I can’t be the only person to have taken upon herself the urgent responsibility of trying to solve the world’s problems in time for her first child’s first day of kindergarten. Having a baby later in life has caused me to concentrate on ways to make sense of the years before her birth so as to provide the perfect “what not to do” manual. Between shaming myself for not having a Pinterest-inspired schedule and celebrating the scary fact that Eden rarely ever meets a stranger, the reality sets in on the true responsibilities of parenthood. My late twenties remind me to tell her to “have fun but steer clear of the needle,” while refection on the more formative years just wants her to develop the right habits. When brushing teeth and the bedtime routine become muscle memory, I start to think about what it would have been like to raise a family two centuries ago. What would those parents have thought about the articles we read today that include the latest study on things like the amount of screen time appropriate for a child not to experience mood swings? Modern issues in child rearing almost seem satirical after you’ve heard the sound of a toddler laugh while walking through wet, cold grass in the morning. Motherhood prioritizes loving well and the importance of confidence; for without those two primary cornerstones, children will be unable to approach life with the downward facing hand of the capable instead of the upward reaching hand of the needy. I’m thankful for each child’s community of mothers and grandmothers, and we should all do what we can to shift our focuses to our children and the world they will inhabit.