There’s no way that you can accurately describe to someone how their life will forever change once they become a parent. The only way that you can truly understand is by experiencing it yourself.
When you become a mom or dad, everything that you know transforms before your eyes. The way that you once saw the world is no longer the same. Your existence suddenly becomes more meaningful because you’re no longer only thinking about yourself anymore. You’ve got a child to look after and guide through life.
If you’re currently anticipating becoming a new parent or are thinking about it in the future, here are some of the changes that you can expect to happen.
You See Your Parents In a New Light
When you’re a kid, it’s easy to criticize the job that your parents do. It’s easy to look at the mistakes that they make and assume that you know better. However, when you become a parent, you suddenly realize that your parents weren’t so bad at all. In fact, they were doing their best.
As you start to parent your own child, you begin to realize that the idea of adulthood is an illusion. Your parents were just big kids trying to be grown-ups kind of like you are today.
In some cases, your roles may even reverse once you’re an adult. As your parents get older, you may have to have tough conversations with them as if you’re now the parent and there’s a child.
There’s Never Enough Time
When you have kids, there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done. Between cleaning, taking everyone to school, and their various activities, it seems like the day flashes before your eyes.
Even if it’s a Sunday and you have nothing planned, kids have an incredible talent of keeping your hands full. Even when there’s nothing scheduled, you feel like you’re running around in circles.
Sleep Is a Luxury
Remember the old days when you could sleep in on the weekend? Those days are gone now. When you have kids, it’s probably a good idea to anticipate being tired every single day for the first decade of their lives. Yes, that’s right, you’re going to be tired for a decade. It’s time to start accepting that fact now.
Your Wardrobe Becomes Function Over Fashion
Although being a parent doesn’t automatically mean you are frumpy, sometimes you’re so busy that you’re thinking about function much more than fashion. When you only have 3 minutes to get all the kids loaded into the car, the last thing you are worrying about is how well your shirt goes with your shoes.