Parents are a weird bunch. We do weird things like sing goofy songs to make our children smile in public places and wipe their faces with our spit. Or maybe that’s just me. Either way, I often laugh at some of the things I do now as a parent that I never would’ve dreamed of in my pre-parent days. There are definitely plenty of things I thought were gross/weird/annoying before becoming a parent that I don’t even bat an eyelash at now. Here are just a few.
Those "you won't understand until you're a parent" parents
Hearing this used to make me frustrated beyond belief, and I remember feeling so patronized when parents would say it. I have a background in child development and have worked with children in a ton of different capacities during the almost 10 years before I became a parent. I had been surrounded by children for years, so obviously I could understand the plight of parents.
So, about that ... it's totally true. You just don't know until you're a parent. I realize now that most parents weren't trying to be patronizing, just speaking their truth. And it is the truth. No matter how much you've been around kids, things are totally different when you're dealing with your own kid 24/7. As in totally and completely different.
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.
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