Yesterday I was hanging with my kids and thinking about what a clueless idiot I was when I first became a dad. I wouldn't say I'm less clueless as kids are an ongoing challenge full of unpredictability, but I'd like to think I've gotten at least a little better at it. Being a parent is hard. It sucks often. It's occasionally punctuated by the highest of highs where you feel on top of the world only to be followed by having to wipe a diarrhea covered butt or hurriedly exit a store in the middle of a meltdown. And it only gets more challenging as they creep closer to adulthood. So I propose we use this thread as a place to talk about the ups and downs, give each other occasional advice and just vent when needed. It could be therapeutic for those of us actively raising the next generation and could serve as TMMAC's own guide to parenting for newbies.