How does a parent know when a toddler is in pain or just ornery? When to stay by the bed and pat his back for thirty minutes and when to simply walk out after a final, “Go to sleep. I love you?” When to require him to eat even with a sore in his mouth and when to let him just drink milk and eat random soft finger foods? When to feed an already fat infant more formula because it seems to make him happy, or when to try to space his feedings out more so he doesn’t look like a beach ball with hands and feet on his first birthday?
I had these questions today and I don’t know the answers. I will continue to try to get direction from God, who gives wisdom to those who seek it from Him. Sometimes I might choose the wrong option unknowingly, and my children will need to forgive me my humanity.