Before Parenthood…

Before parenthood, I wish someone told me that:

  1. All the beautiful furniture that you own, that white couch, the art deco table, the funky glass lamp, will not work with kids. Seriously.
  2. Vacations with children are NOT the same as vacations without children. Not even close.
  3. Minivan-driving parents may not have gone into parenthood thinking they’d be minivan-driving parents, but, like most things, it just happens.
  4. Yoga pants-wearing moms and dads don’t always do yoga.
  5. You may never be able to pee or shower with the door closed ever again.
  6. Your children will teach you more about yourself than you’d probably ever wanted to know.
  7. All the things that you think will really matter to you as a “principled” parent, things like organic applesauce or wooden toys, won’t seem to matter as much when you actually have kids.
  8. In the beginning, you will sometimes be faced with events that make you wonder why you ever married your spouse in the first place.
  9. It’s okay to not have all the answers, to be imperfect. You’re a parent, after all. And your children will be very, very forgiving.
  10. In spite of all the sacrifices made, you will love your new life more than your old one.

What are some things you wish someone would have told you before becoming a parent?

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Jessica lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and two girls. Once upon a time, pre-motherhood, she did many things as a “serious-looking” woman who managed to successfully balance a reality TV addiction with a career and academic pursuits. She's now a serious-acting woman whose primary job is raising her children. She writes, reads, fantasizes about minivans, and takes midday naps. She enjoys (among many other things) dancing to 80s music, photography, laughing out loud (at, usually, inappropriate moments), and writing about writing, being a writer, and becoming fearless on her blog Jessica F. Hinton

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