There is nothing like being a parent. The kids that melt your heart can also drive you crazy. Our children bring so much excitement to our lives -love, joy, laughter, frustration, psychosis etc. When you’re a parent you know that every day is going to be an adventure -some you’ll relish and some you’ll wish you could forget.
I’ve been writing about some heavy stuff the last few posts, so I wanted to lighten the mood a little before we delve back into the topic of loneliness. I’ve never devoted an entire post to humor, but I said something to Carrie the other night, and I thought to myself, “You know you’re a parent when you say…” So, what did I say? I’ll give you a hint: it’s in the list below. I hope these make you laugh or smile and bring a ray of happiness to your day today. No matter what stage of life we’re in, we can always use a laugh.
You know you’re a parent when…
- You’re alone with your wife on a date, and you tell her you “have to go potty.”
- You sneak Gerber Baby Puffs into the movie theater.
- You get excited about the “cool” features of your new minivan.
- You offer baby wipes to the guy eating ribs at the table next to you.
- The first thing you look for on the menu is the “Kid’s Meal” section.
- Your kitchen drawer full of hand-towels is empty in less than a day because of spills.
- You’re ecstatic because diapers and Cheerios are on sale this week.
- The decorations at your house are crafts made in children’s church.
- Stains are a normal part of your décor.
- Bedtime is a higher priority than your child’s hygiene.
- The song you can’t get out of your head is If You’re Happy and you Know It.
- All the “recommendations” on Netflix are animated movies.
- 93% of your Amazon wish list consists of toys.
- You post the newest changes to car seat laws on Facebook.
- Someone asks have you read any good books lately, and you respond, “Little Critter: The New Potty”.
- Bedtime requires hours of potty breaks, water refills, and negotiations.
- Walking barefoot through your house in the dark puts your feet in grave danger.
- You wake up in the middle of the night terrified because a child was staring at you while you slept.
- The toys that make noises are no longer “awesome”.
- The sound of the opening candy dish wakes you at 6:00am the day after trick-or-treat.
- The Tooth-fairy borrows money from a nearby piggy bank.
- Mom’s absence from home is apocalyptic.
- You can’t remember the last time you went to the bathroom alone.
- Someone asks you what you like to do for fun and you respond, “Sleep!”
- Your idea of a break is sitting alone in your van in the Walmart parking lot eating a Snickers.
You’re not alone in this journey. I hope you pass this on to someone who might enjoy reading it and needs a little smile. Happy parenting!