In general, I feel like parenthood gets a pretty depressing rap these days. Kids are noisy! Kids are messy! Kids eat money! Kids will destroy your life!
Run Away! Run Away!
Okay, so I don’t want to totally give parenthood a glossy rose-tinted image. Kids are work. Kids require money, time and so many other things and no, it’s true, not everyone gets a well behaved, healthy and all around perfect child. I wasn’t one, and I know my kids will never be as such.
But in between the tantrums, the poop and the vegetable wars… parenting can be a lot of fun.
So I share my
1. Kid’s Books, Movies and Music –
You get to read, share, discover and re-discover a wealth of books and no one can look at you side ways for perusing the children’s sections of the bookstore or library if you have kids. Same goes for movies. Whether you love classic cartoons or new Disney movies – when you have kids you’ve got a Free Ticket to sit back and enjoy them without an eyebrow being raised. And if you want to rock out to The Muppet’s Green Album in your car… it’s okay! You have kids!
2. Coloring Books –
I never grew out of my love a new packet of Crayola’s and a brand new coloring book. Now I don’t have put on my hipster glass to justify a little coloring de-stress because I liked it before it was cool. It doesn’t matter if, at the restaurant your kids are playing with something completely different and you’re making a miniature Mona Lisa out of that picture of Chuck the Truck… you have kids, no excuse is necessary.
3. Getting Messy –
Still love to jump in puddles, craft projects that require a metric ton of glitter or the world’s sloppiest brownie recipe? Great! Having kids means you can be as messy as you want to be and it’s okay, because you have kids.
4. Imagination –
It’s not just for little kids. Having kids gives you every reason to let your imagination take flight again. In fact, numerous best selling kid and young adult books started as a simple bed time story told by a parent. Stop around your house like a T-Rex, talk in silly voices or just make your entrance to any room in the world by saying “I’m Batman” and it’s okay, because you have kids!
5. Wonder –
You get another chance to experience wonder with kids. Not in some creepy “Living vicariously through my kids by making them do everything I failed at” kind of way. Rather in a “Wow, this world is pretty darn amazing” kind of way. You get to go along for the ride as your kids discover everything from science and nature to literature and music. Done right sharing those amazing discoveries can carry you through some pretty rough times.
Seriously folks, kids are a lot of work. They’ll tax and test you to your limits. You open yourself up to a whole different world of worry and potential heartbreak when they enter your world. But, as much as we should warn future parents about the work that’s involved and all the other costs and risks that come hand-in-hand with children we shouldn’t be afraid to tell them of some of the great things that make all the ups and downs of parenthood that much better.
Even though parenthood means growing up it also gives us the chance to be a kid again and by doing so we shape the childhood of our future adults.
What’s your favorite thing about having kids that no one ever talks about?
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