By Amy Shearn, REDBOOK
One of the many joys of parenthood is the gimlet-eyed view of yourself that you get. Seeing how you stand up under the pressures of pregnancy, childbirth, and a child screaming for bunny crackers on a crowded city bus is a bit like surviving torture, which is to say, your true self is laid bare. For example, I have learned that I am much more of an impatient and humorless shrew than I would have suspected. Also: entirely unoriginal. How illuminating! So, with apologies to my truly amazing kids, I offer you five things I hate hearing myself say (but totally say all the time).
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5. Are you listening to me?
I mean, if you have to ask, the answer is probably no. I know this. But I get so tired of saying the same thing ten times in a row. How many times can a human say, "Put on your shoes, we're leaving," before her head explodes? I can't wait until my kids are older and have learned to listen to me all the