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1000 Awesome Things About Being A Parent (pt 2)

1000 awesome things about being a parentIn the roller coaster world of parenting, taking pause and reflecting on the awesome makes it all worth while. The spilled milk, sleepless nights, crayoned walls, and broken electronics all disappear when your child is amazed that they can knock on a neighbour’s door and get candy on Halloween.

Having kids is a way to hit ctl-alt-del on your life, reboot your perspective, and re-experience the magic and wonder of the world.

Yes, there are terrible things about being a parent, but mostly it’s awesome. Flip back and check out part 1 of 1000 Awesome Things About Being A Parent, and then hit the jump to see the latest additions to this awesome list.

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  • Superhero Costumes 1 of 24
    Superhero Costumes
    No excuse is needed to tie on a blanket and fly around the house. A Captain America mask is perfectly acceptable breakfast table attire.
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  • Star Wars 2 of 24
    Star Wars
    It is a story that has lasted and will continue to last generations. Every 15 years we will get a new trilogy and a new group of kids will soak up the struggle of the good and evil. I love that my kids are Star Wars fans.
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  • Bring Your Kids To Work Day 3 of 24
    Bring Your Kids To Work Day
    There's nothing that quite beats the feeling of hearing "I want to be just like you when I grow up, Daddy!"
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  • Puppet Shows 4 of 24
    Puppet Shows
    Trying to come up with an appropriate accent for a horse, cow, pig, and salmon is always a fun way to spend a Tuesday night.
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  • Lego 5 of 24
    Lego
    This will get me down on the carpet every single time. We build skyscrapers, cars, cities, and act out adventures and storeis.
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  • An Excuse To Be Silly 6 of 24
    An Excuse To Be Silly
    When carved our pumpkins last month, we had a random Time Warp dance party in the kitchen for no reason whatsoever. At our Nanny's birthday, the kids DEMANDED she wear the Birthday Moose Hat. Kids force you to let loose and toss your cares and just enjoy every moment.
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  • Letting Them Win 7 of 24
    Letting Them Win
    Oh sure, our generation of parents takes a little bit of heat for not keeping score on the U6 soccer field, but it's still awesome watching a 5 year old brag about beating their parents at Go Fish!
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  • Cute Clothes 8 of 24
    Cute Clothes
    Is it wrong that I audibly sigh every time I hit the kids' section? The cute play on words, faux toughness, and cartoony characters and motifs are the fountain of youth.
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  • Missing Your Kids 9 of 24
    Missing Your Kids
    Go on a vacation and then come home to the biggest, bestest, coziest hug in the world.
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  • Laughing 10 of 24
    Laughing
    The sweetest sound in the world, really. And kids are sooo good at it. The smallest thing will set them off, and it's really a lesson for all of us to learn to laugh more, and easier.
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  • Passing Swimming Lessons 11 of 24
    Passing Swimming Lessons
    When your kid completes any challenge, it's awesome. I almost wanted to give a standing ovation from the stands when I first saw my son put his face in the water and kick for 20 feet.
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  • Dinosaurs, Sharks, and Volcanos 12 of 24
    Dinosaurs, Sharks, and Volcanos
    The themes of childhood obsession are pretty consistent: prehistoric creatures, outer space, bizarre animals. Watching my kids recite the habits of Cottontop Tamarinds after an episode of Diego, or wanting to go and see the Vampire Squid at the aquarium after watching The Octonauts is pretty cool.
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  • Santa, The Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny et al 13 of 24
    Santa, The Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny et al
    The suspension of belief that children have is inspiring. They are willing to buy any trick you're selling, and it comes from such an authentic, honest place.
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  • Tickle Fights 14 of 24
    Tickle Fights
    A dominating "daddy! stop! daddy! stop!" attack that quickly turns into "again!" the moment you do actually stop. So you start up again and the whole scene is repeated.
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  • Ice Cream Soup 15 of 24
    Ice Cream Soup
    Ice cream is hard, and tough to scoop in your bowl. But if you wait a few minutes and then stir it up, you can turn it into a sticky, almost soft-serve consistency that makes it easier to eat. Just one of the great ninja tips father can pass on to son.
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  • The Quiet After Everyone Is Asleep 16 of 24
    The Quiet After Everyone Is Asleep
    After dinner is the most chaotic time of our day. Urging kids to finish vegetables, them begging for dessert. Then it's the din of bath, and teeth brushing. Of course they're still wound up and it takes another eternity before they finally fall asleep - but once they do? I could stare at that image, and bask in that silence forever.
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  • Hey! Watch This!! 17 of 24
    Hey! Watch This!!
    Whether it's a jump off a diving board, hitting a ball without a tee, or spinning around 5 times without falling down, when your kids accomplish something and want to share, you can't help but share in the glow of their pride.
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  • Story Time 18 of 24
    Story Time
    Even if it's on an app, gathering up on the couch and tossing out silly character voices in a book is the best.
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  • The Toy Aisle 19 of 24
    The Toy Aisle
    It's free entertainment. Take the kids to the toy store and let them loose for 30 minutes. Be careful of random light saber fights.
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  • School Plays 20 of 24
    School Plays
    Because your kid is the best damned 3rd tree from the left that was ever to stand on stage.
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  • Make Believe 21 of 24
    Make Believe
    We get so stuck in our grown up routines that kids give us a chance to hit ctl alt del and reinvigorate our imagination.
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  • Having Someone Ask For Help 22 of 24
    Having Someone Ask For Help
    Kids make you feel needed. Whether it's reaching the top shelf of the pantry, trying to tie shoe laces, or potty training we have to be there for our kids and it feels great.
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  • Christmas 23 of 24
    Christmas
    Is there any other time of the year that is better to just sit back and watch your kids? I love it.
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  • Animated Movies And Popcorn 24 of 24
    Animated Movies And Popcorn
    Sure, I've seen Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 14 times this month, but I still love hearing them laugh when cheeseburgers fly from the sky. Besides, it's always an excuse to share a big bowl of popcorn.
    Image Credit Buzz Bishop. No use without permission.

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