Being a mom is the hardest yet most rewarding thing I have ever done. I really wish people would have warned me of some things before I had kids though. There are 25 Truths Every Parent In The Trenches Understands.
Kids are kinda gross and they do weird things. Along with all the hugs and kisses comes a LOT OF STRUGGLES. Kids can do things that make you question a lot of stuff, like what is the fascination with their “junk.” There are days where I might be on the verge of questioning the meaning of life.
Here are 25 truths every parent understands:
1. 75% of parenting is repeating “brush your teeth” or “get your shoes on” over and over again.
2. No matter how hard you try, you will never cut the crusts off of your kid’s sandwiches “just the right way.”
3. Whoever invented shoelaces hates parents.
4. You will forever be amazed at what would be considered A WEAPON to your kids. Today it was a french fry.
5. Wet wipes are your new best friend.
6. “Don’t touch that” is the phrase of your life. The toilet, the lamp, their privates… All fair game to kids.
7. Someone will inevitably poop in the tub.
8. Someone will inevitably need a 2nd bath after you discover someone pooped in the tub.
Now that is some truth from the trenches right there…
9. Do not be delusional and put your kids to bed late thinking they will sleep in. They will actually be up before daylight to torture you.
10. Everything is always sticky. So sticky. Don’t bother to try to figure out why.
11. Most of the day will be spent screaming at your kids to stop screaming.
12. A TODDLER can leave a path of destruction anywhere with just one cookie. Pretty impressive actually.
13. Ketchup is a necessary food group.
14. The words “I do it” will make you be late for every single thing in your life for the next 5 years.
I feel very blessed to have two wonderful, healthy children who keep me completely grounded, sane and throw up on my shoes every now and again just to keep it real .
15. Trips to the restaurant bathroom will be the majority of your dinnertime.
16. Poop will be part of every conversation basically.
17. Someone is always naked. WHY?
Speak the truth sister!
18. If you ever want your kids to SLEEP AT NIGHT, do not let them fall asleep in the car after 5 pm. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Open the windows, turn the music up, whatever it takes.
19. Your kids can work your smartphone better than you can but they couldn’t possibly get themselves a glass of water because that’s too hard.
20. The struggle not to laugh when your child throws out an F-bomb is real.
22. 3rd-grade math will make you question your COLLEGE EDUCATION.
23. Kids consume all of their daily water intake 5 minutes before bedtime and then have an endless parade of bathroom visits all night long because they are “just so thirsty.”
24. The world is always ending and everyone needs you when you are either in the bathroom or on the phone. Otherwise, they could care less about you.
25. God made kids cute for a reason. Well played God.
One thing that all parents can probably agree about is that in the end, it is all worth it. When my kids are older I am sure I will miss every sticky finger and naked bum running around my house. I know it feels like I am in the trenches of parenting right now and this time of my life might be a struggle.
I know it feels like I am in the trenches of parenting right now and this time of my life might be a struggle.
It’s a hard job shaping these tiny little humans into responsible adults. There will come a time when my kids will not really need me so much anymore, but this is probably going to be my life for the next 18 years or so. I think I will invest in some good wine or beer to help me through it.
Some of these made me laugh out loud. Definitely some unexpected truths in there. Ex: we go a ridiculous amount of ketchup too. Haha. Thanks for the fun post!
The fact that they are so real life makes it even funnier I think. LOL I am glad I added some laughter to your day!
Omg number 17!!! Why is someone always naked?!?
Oh my gosh you’re so right! Wet wipes are an absolute necessity! My youngest is 4 now and we STIll Have wipes or wet wipes of some sort around! I often get so tired of hearing my own voice so I know what you mean… broken record.
My kids are 12 and I still carry around wet wipes! HAHA
This post made me laugh out loud – a few times! It took me right back to the days of endless water before bed time, numerous repeated phrases and odd weapons of my own. What’s neat is that the laughs I had at this post came with a big grateful smile remembering the days when my daughter was young and how special it was and still is to be her mom.
Great post! I totally agree with all of it, and it made me smile. Definitely enjoy every minute of it because they grow so fast.
I know, I feel like 12 years went by in the blink of an eye!
Yes, All-Of-These! Wet wipes forever! Thanks for this post 🙂
Thank you for reading it!
Number 14!!! Yes, yes and yes. Seriously my three year old not only wants to do everything, he’s really good at it but he’s so slow, bless his stinking heart. This is such a fun list! And about the shoelaces…I came across this amazing product that you lace the pieces into it then it closes the shoes via magnet! However, I told myself this is not scaffolding and that my seven year old needs to learn how to tie his shoes. Maybe after he’s a pro shoe tie-er, I’ll give into the magnetic closures!