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10 Parts of Parenting I Don't Particularly Enjoy

By caseymullins |

I attended a photography seminar years ago led by one of National Geographic‘s top photographers. “Wow.” I thought. “Now here’s a guy living the dream.” He opened by mentioning that when most adults were asked what they thought the most fun job would be, National Geographic photographer topped the list.

Well, duh.

Then he went into how it is the greatest job he ever could have asked for, but fun? Eh. Debatable. He went into detail about the vaccines required to visit other countries, he talked of malaria, death, drought and war. He talked about the hours spent on cramped planes, weeks spent away from his family and days holed up in tents, all alone, just waiting for that one shot.


I never thought about that part.

I love photography, but y’all, it is A LOT of work when you begin doing it for other people.

I love being a mom, but y’all, it is A LOT of work, period. And just like there are rewards that come along with being a photographer, for families or National Geographic, there are parts that (dare I say it) stink.

The crappy parts won’t last forever, and the end result, which is either a perfect photograph or a decent human being that you send out into the world makes all the hard work worth it, eventually. Until then, here’s a few parts of parenting that are the photographers equivalent of being alone in a tent, receiving a battery of vaccines or dealing with bugs the size of a dinner plate.

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Things I Don't Love About Parenting


I'm no stranger to vomit, but with my own I can control where it ends up. With little kids? Oh no. Vomit is awful stuff.

What’s your least favorite part of parenting?

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Casey Mullins is a writer, photographer, and nice person living in Indianapolis with her two little girls, husband, and a one eyed cat. She writes regularly at her personal blog moosh in indy and can be found trolling local bakeries and napping whenever possible. Read bio and latest posts → Read Casey's latest posts →

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  1. Amanda says:

    Agree but you forgot the Biggest one!!! Whining, crying, and temper tantrums it’s like someone took your adorable little 2 year old and replaced them with a mental patient and you need to bring them back to reality without the benefits of anti-psychotic drugs and restraints.

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