Yesterday we were at doctor’s clinic, it was Sunday so most of the people there are families with their kids, mostly toddlers and babies. One thing I hate most of these parents are they don’t care what’s happening with their kids, coz almost all of them have their tablets in their hands, some are smart phones; fiddling either on games or Facebook.
One family was with their two boys. The father have busy fingers on iPad, the little boy was the one who’s going to see the doctor, and the eldest (who I think is around 16yrs old already) that I was surprised that he still act like a five year old baby. He’s got huge voice already, kept asking his father that he needs to buy something. It was annoying coz you can hear his voice on the other side of the hallway. The father was ignoring him playing with his stupid iPad. I didn’t notice the kids’ grand mother was there too. My wife said the granny seems to be like a bonkers too; they all seems like bonkers, except for the mother of the kids, filling out the forms, talking to the nurse, etc.
There’s another family, maybe they’re new to have a new born. I heard them from the end of the hallway with their baby crying. The baby was like few days old, coz it was so tiny. My wife said, seems like the mother also works in the clinic as a nurse. Anyway, they were near our seats when the baby started to cry again, this time it sounded bad. The parents of this baby seems like they didn’t know what to do. They even carry the baby diagonally up their shoulders instead of lying down their arms. In my head I was like “nooo, you don’t carry new born like that!” The baby cries when handed out to the father, he also carries the baby the wrong way. The baby cried so loud that kept everyone’s attention, especially old women with their grand children.
What I didn’t like about the father of the baby is, he wanted the baby to stop crying. The stupidest thing he did is the swing the baby like she was in roller coaster. He thought the baby will like it but she kept crying very loudly. The wife came back so they tried feeding it but the baby still cries. Seems like the baby needed to be in comfortable position. In the end, finally, the doctor called them. The hallway finally silenced.
My wife and I are also new parents. We’re both new to having a baby. We only asked help on the first couple of weeks for Anne’s healing of stitches. Later, we both took care of everything, we never asked help anymore with our parents to help us out taking Aria to the clinic. Anne has never tried carrying a baby before. Didn’t know what to do to change diapers, how and when to feed, etc. Anne made it through by asking and researching on the net. Myself know few things so I helped her in some cases. So far we never encounter serious things about Aria’s health. Aria is a happy child now. Very smart. Likes learning, especially walking around.
Having a child or maybe children is very serious job. I wanted to prove to myself and Anne that we don’t need help from our parents to take care of our baby. Starting family of Filipinos became a tradition to ask help from grand parents to their children. This is okay for just few days/weeks but for life, it is not good for being hands-on parents.
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