There are some things you just can’t prepare for. One baby begins to wail. the next thing you know, you have a choir of weeping and wailing.
Yes, you can see leadership principles in a group of babies. If you have one charismatic cryer, the whole group will join in within a few moments.
This may be why some parents fear nurseries. It is the first time their baby is influenced by peers. It’s mighty powerful to realize you are not as in control over your child as you thought. Peer pressure can affect a child before they are able to talk!
It’s a good lesson in how attitudes spread. We are affected by groups much more than we would like to admit. Maybe we wouldn’t have that rotten feeling if the group didn’t endorse it. Perhaps, just perhaps, we can get beyond the group think of weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth!
I drew this cartoon for the September, 2015 CHOG News.