Before parenthood, I wish someone told me that:
- All the beautiful furniture that you own, that white couch, the art deco table, the funky glass lamp, will not work with kids. Seriously.
- Vacations with children are NOT the same as vacations without children. Not even close.
- Minivan-driving parents may not have gone into parenthood thinking they’d be minivan-driving parents, but, like most things, it just happens.
- Yoga pants-wearing moms and dads don’t always do yoga.
- You may never be able to pee or shower with the door closed ever again.
- Your children will teach you more about yourself than you’d probably ever wanted to know.
- 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.
- In the beginning, you will sometimes be faced with events that make you wonder why you ever married your spouse in the first place.
- 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.
- 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?