But honestly, parenting turned out to be way different than I thought it would be when we started. It turns out kids are actually little people with their own minds making their own decisions. Who knew? We want to give our kids fun things but not turn them into spoiled brats who think they are entitled to every new toy that comes out. We want them to have fun and be silly — we want them to be kids — but also teach them there is a time for respect and calmness. We want some peace and quiet. Am I buying the right food? Are they going to the right school? Are they in the right sports or music program?
Did I raise my voice too much? Am I messing up my kids?
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How does the responsibility of raising little human beings all day make me more tired than when I worked an office job? Babies require almost non-stop care. Kids need supervision and lots of instruction. Do I look as tired as I feel? I hope not. Some days are great. Some days are awful. Sometimes we love our kids more than anything.
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Some days we wonder why we wanted them in the first place. Guilt over not being home enough. Guilt over spending more time with one child than another. Guilt over having only one child. Guilt over not really liking this baby who will not stop crying. Pressure to be the best parent.
To buy the healthiest, most organic food. To have the smartest kids with the best grades. To have the best athlete … because of course they started playing as a three-year-old. To give the best birthday parties.
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Not having anyone else to wake me up in the morning. Okay, this one is a little lame because I can and do just set an alarm, but I seriously miss having someone else in the house parent, sibling, or roommate that would help wake me up in the morning. I set 15 alarms and put my phone across the room just to make sure I wake up in time. Doing household chores alone.
On the days that I successfully cook a delicious meal, I then turn around and realize the mountain of dishes is still there waiting for me to take care of because no one else is around to do it. Same with laundry, taking out the trash, and cleaning the bathroom and the rest of my place. Making so many appointments. Not only do I have to make the appointments, I have to remember when they are and actually go.
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Then I have to pay money for it refer back to point 1. The ridiculously high stress levels that are now a constant in my life. How much competition there is for good jobs. I went to a great university, graduated with honors, was an athlete, had a great GPA…. How tough it is to make friends.
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This is way harder than I ever thought it would be. Everything about food. The fruits and veggies are still there, but in order to pay for those foods I have to balance it out with some. Trying to actually seem like an adult. Instead, it goes like this: formal dress? Goody two-shoes smile?
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