The concept of a baby being “good” or “bad” seems to be a prevalent one in our society. Our daughter happened to sleep through her dedication at church and several people commented on how “good” she was. I may have even said this myself. Weeks later, we were at another dedication and before the Pastor took the child from his parents, the Pastor asked if the child was going to be good or bad. That comment didn’t sit right with me and I’ve been noticing the good vs. bad dialogue around babies ever since. What makes a baby good or bad? Are they good if they don’t cry? If they don’t make much noise? I believe that a baby is neither good nor bad.They are what they are: a baby. They must cry. Make noise. Poop their diaper. They also smile. Sleep. And are quiet at times. None of these actions are “good” or “bad”. Let’s be careful with the good vs. bad talk. Let’s leave room for them to be what they are: a baby.