Do you ever sit back and reflect on life as a parent and how different it is from the life you had before having children? I’m not saying it’s a bad thing but some of the things we say are probably things we never would have imagined coming out of our mouths before having children. Sometimes I find myself saying or thinking things that would never have been part of my repertoire and I just have to laugh. You know you’re a parent when …
You know you’re a parent when…
1. Someone says “stupid” or “shut up” in front of your child and you give them a look and ask them to watch their language around your children.
2. Talking about “poo” is the norm for the kids (and for you) no matter where you are and in varying sound decibels. In fact it’s a big part of adult conversations when you’re talking to other parents.
3. You know you’re a parent when going to the grocery store by yourself, while the kids are being taken care of by someone else, feels like what a day at the spa used used to feel like.
4. You shut the bathroom door to answer nature’s call and you pray that for just that five or ten minutes, no one bangs on the door, constantly calls for you or needs something right that minute…of course that doesn’t happen.
5. On the weekend, you’re hopeful that the kids will let you sleep in…until 6:45am. (That whole sleep thing is a little crazy when you become a parent. I hear their is hope when the kids hit their teens.)
6. After a month of no alone time with your partner, you both decide that tonight is the night. Of course, that is the same night that your child will either have a nightmare and climb into bed with you, get sick, not be able to fall asleep or will wake up ten times throughout the night for water. Alone time will have to wait until next month.
7. You get upset or irritated if anyone calls the house or rings the doorbell after 7:30pm. I mean don’t they understand that there are children sleeping?!
I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the life of a parent. What would you add to the list of You Know You’re a Parent When …