But not from all kinds of pain.

Parents must learn how to distinguish pain from danger. I know it’s hard watching your kid go through pain, especially the ones you had foreseen and could have prevented.

Honestly not for me. Maybe because I’m slightly sadistic lol but more because I find it amusing and magical how a baby learns (immediately! instantly!) from a mistake — like miscalculating clearance and hurting his head, losing his balance and falling on the floor, pushing or pulling something too hard, and many other things that a baby who freely explores would experience.

And then he moves more slowly, walks more cautiously, carefully learning all these little things that we might overlook as unimportant or automatic. The growth happening right in front of us is beautiful!

I try to be 15 steps ahead of danger; but I’m right there for necessary pain.