One day, I was on Facebook browsing the newsfeed. Someone from my high school shared this article from the Huffington Post. I admire this dad’s honesty and patience when dealing with his five kids under five. God bless him and his family. You had to admit some of these quotes are pretty funny, but they’re also dead on when it comes to being 25+ years old with small children.
You should enjoy every moment now! They grow up so fast! I usually smile and give some sort of guffaw, but inside, I secretly want to hold them under water. Just for a minute or so. Just until they panic a little.
I love my kids. I have given my life to them, as have all other parents. Sometimes, especially if you are a stay-at-home parent, you spend hours a day at home talking to children. I have one that is now starting to speak and another who is a vocalizing infant. Sometimes, I want to drink wine or booze and B.S. with another adult. I’d like to get back to writing poetry more often. I’d love an overnight with my husband, just so we can go on a date and do the things we did before the kids were born.
If you have friends with small children — especially if your children are now teenagers or if they’re grown — please vow to me right now that you will never say this to them. Not because it’s not true, but because it really, really doesn’t help.
We know it’s true that they grow up too fast. But feeling like I have to enjoy every moment doesn’t feel like a gift, it feels like one more thing that is impossible to do, and right now, that list is way too long.
One day, someone told me, as have many, “They grow up so fast. My son is 69.” This gentleman was in his 80s, and just passed away this year. He told us this when A1 was four months old. All I could think was, For crap’s sake, are you trying to kill her?
You are not a terrible parent if you can’t figure out a way for your children to eat as healthy as your friend’s children do. She’s obviously using a bizarre and probably illegal form of hypnotism.
You are not a terrible parent if you yell at your kids sometimes. You have little dictators living in your house. If someone else talked to you like that, they’d be put in prison.
You are not a terrible parent if you can’t figure out how to calmly give them appropriate consequences in real time for every single act of terrorism that they so creatively devise.
You are not a terrible parent if you’d rather be at work.
You are not a terrible parent if you just can’t wait for them to go to bed.
You are not a terrible parent if the sound of their voices sometimes makes you want to drink and never stop.
You’re not a terrible parent.
This guy is brilliant. How many of you can relate to this?
You can read the full article here .