An Example of Poor Mothering


James and Owen (who aren’t wearing socks or shoes) are playing with Sophie’s paint and brushes, and Owen, in particular, has blue paint in his (too-long) hair and on his clothes and he’s not wearing his tot collar … I’m sure if I could zoom out I’d find about 12 other things wrong with this picture as well. Thankfully, it’s a close-up. And if good mothering is judged on how happy your children are, well, despite the flaws shown here, in this moment, I was doing OK.

“The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” —Oscar Wilde