Lately I've been wondering whether or not it's fair to judge the quality of a parent based on how much their child cries.
I mean, up to a certain age, it isn't, right? Because babies do what they're going to do. But beyond that, what factors in to how often a child throws a tantrum? Is it all the fault of the parents? (I'm leaning this way in my thought processes.) Or is it just how the child is? Genetics and nature and whatnot?
I know this is going into the whole nature/nurture thing, which is still a big argument in psychology and whatnot, but I'm curious.
What brought this on?
A baby is wailing somewhere in the near vicinity of my apartment. I don't know where exactly it's coming from, but it feels almost constant sometimes. Today the baby was joined by what sounds like a belligerent toddler, howling and tantrum-ing at the top of their lungs. It sounded like it was coming from the same apartment.
Is the baby fussy, or is it being neglected?
What is up with that friggin' screaming toddler?
Is this going to be what my life's soundtrack is like in a couple of months?
God, I hope not.