25 February 2007

Unsolicited parenting advice

The New York Times, today:

IT’S difficult when you have a kid,” the photographer Justine Kurland
said. “If they’re in a good mood, you can get work done. But if
they’re in a bad mood, you’re at their mercy.”

Ms. Kurland is known for photographing people in American wilderness
landscapes, but the scene this day was the rent-stabilized apartment
she shares with Casper, her 2-year-old son, on the Lower East Side of

Casper, named for the 19th-century German landscape painter Caspar
David Friedrich, had just given a textbook example of one of his
trickier moods. His father, the sculptor and multimedia artist Corey
McCorkle, who lives 10 blocks away, arrived to take him out for
breakfast, but he refused to budge. Instead he sat sobbing, rooted to
the kitchen floor, a stunt Ms. Kurland said he increasingly liked to
pull when she was scouting locations on the extended road trips she
takes for her projects. [continued…]

AAAAAAGH! I can’t even COUNT how many times my parents pulled that
stunt on me as a kid. I wanted to stay home; instead, I got a tour of
the most boring parts of Massachusetts from the backseat of the
car. Every. Single. Weekend. I’m surprised that I didn’t start huffing
paint thinner.

For heaven’s sake, lady: Leave. The. Kid. At. Home. It’s not as though
she’s living in North Dakota — this is NYC. She can find a nanny. And
it’s not as though she has to pay through the nose to avoid the nanny problem
—- she’s an artist, not a politician. Hire an illegal; no-one’s going
to check.

My parents wouldn’t have even needed a nanny —- just park me in
front of the Nintendo, thank you very much. It would have been good
practice for the interminable hours of being parked in front of a
computer in college.

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