“I can’t wait to be grown up!” my 7-year-old grumbled while putting the finishing touches on his famous American project.
“Why is that?” I asked.
“Because grownups have it easier.”
Oh honey, if you only knew. Just as I opened my mouth to launch into the whole “you don’t know how good you kids have it” speech, I remembered thinking the same thing as a kid. My parents were people who worked hard, sure, but they were also people who got to do what they wanted, when they wanted, and how they wanted. And really, isn’t that trifecta of adult awesomeness enough to convince any kid they got the raw end of the deal?
Right or wrong, in the minds of kids, the struggle is real. Take a look at ten ways kids think parents have it way easier than they do:
1. Parents don’t have homework
If I had a dollar for every time one of my kids told me how “lucky” I was not to have homework, I could afford to hire somebody to oversee their homework just so I wouldn’t have to. Kids don’t realize their homework is our homework too, not to mention that we’ve already suffered through this homework hell the first time around. And don’t even get me started on the amount of work that goes into providing and caring for the home we all live in — now that’s what I call some serious HOMEwork.
2. Parents don’t have seven teachers
My junior higher is quick to remind me that he has seven teachers, as opposed to one measly boss in the workforce. While I get that juggling multiple academic demands is a challenge, it doesn’t quite compare to having a boss (or three), aging parents, a partner, and children who all have unique and specific demands of your energy.
3. Parents don’t have a bedtime
‘Tis true, parents don’t have to go to bed, but oh, how they want to. For all the nights kids wished they had VIP access to the secret after-hours party happening in their very own living room, they’d be disappointed to know that the nightly rager usually consists of catching up on missed work, folding laundry, washing dishes, paying bills, watching the occasional Real Housewives episode, and making lunches. Par-tay.
4. Parents get to eat whatever they want
I can’t speak for every parent, but part of the reason I’m in the shape I’m in is because I eat whatever I want. Unlike my kids, I’d gladly welcome a live-in chef preparing my healthy meals and gently insisting I swap naughty snacks for nice. Eating what you want is awesome … until you need to wear pants.
5. Parents get to watch as much TV as they want
While there’s no question TV totally rules, there’s a big difference between having the ability to do something and having the time to do it. It’s probably for the best anyway, seeing as though your DVR is 99% full of SpongeBob anyway.
6. Parents don’t have people telling them what to do
Yeah … except they do. Adults field all sorts of demands, requests, and warnings from bosses, partners, parents, siblings, and friends … but mostly their own kids.
7. Parents don’t get in trouble
Ooo, I wouldn’t say that. Parents find themselves in trouble for all sorts of random things. From forgetting to sign a homework reading log to allowing their kid to play in the park alone, parents are always in trouble with somebody.
8. Parents don’t have to get shots
Actually they do, along with blood tests, pap smears, mammograms, colonoscopies, prostate exams, C-sections, and other necessary surgeries and procedures because aging isn’t a vacation. To add insult to adult injury, parents have to take their kids to get shots which is about a kajillion times worse than all the grown-up medical to-dos combined because we don’t like our babies scared or hurt, like ever.
9. Parents have money
“Just go to the ATM!” my kiddos say, as if money magically materializes into a limitless supply once you reach adulthood. Parents have kids, not money.
10. Parents have cell phones
Yes, most parents have cell phones. No, not every kid has a cell phone. But there’s actual mathematical reasoning for that: parents + kids = not the same.More On