This is a bit of a spinoff from this thread..........
The original thread was regarding what you feed your kids. I went on a bit of a rant about raising kids in general.
Here's the thing. I admit I was not the best father when my boy was born until he was around 2 years old or even older. I was not prepared for the selflessness that was required for the job of taking care of an infant. I found the constant crying mindboggling, and I was pretty miserable most of the time. I felt I hid it reasonably well, and I DID what was required of me. I am not proud of the way I was, but it is what it is.
Now, to the point. My son is 7 now, and he is awesome. He is so awesome, and has been for so long, that I don't even remember being so miserable so long ago. My boy rarely does anything to piss me off, and he's generally polite and respectful.
I know it's a parent's obligation to LOVE their child, but when I see people interacting with their kids out in the wild, it generally appears that the kids are just pissing the parents off. Most parents I observe are short with their kids, speaking to them as if they are constantly agitated.
I know that this current state of nirvana that I am living in is almost surely going to blow up in my face. Most certainly by the time he hits his teens. Although of course I hope I am doing everything I can in these early days to prevent that.
So, my question is, to all parents, with kids of any age.......... Do you LIKE your kids? I think parents are under a moral obligation to LOVE their children, but I am not so sure that most parents actually LIKE their kids.
( I know when I was a teen, my parents couldn't possibly have liked me most of the time, since I was such an asshole )