And just like on the show, when it's time to try things my way, everyone drags their feet and insists their real mom does it better.
In the end, everyone gets together and agrees a middle ground is the best way. Or they scream at each other, and everyone walks away unchanged and even more solid in their beliefs. It can go either way.
Most people say that parenting is nothing like they imagined it would be. That goes double for me, I think. There are so many things I'd do differently if I could. But my hands are tied, and in this case there is no swapping back.
So, I just have to learn to live with the figurative free-range chickens.