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MontanaMax
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Oxford, MS
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
I love the shite out of it. Although it's exhausting most of the time, it's still fun. And my kid is cool. I guess It's as good as you want it to be or as bad as you want it to be, though. If you get pissed because you're having to do "parent" shite and only want to be doing the fun stuff, then you're not ready to be a parent. You just need a friend.


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TH03
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
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It doesn't phase out until you hit an income of $400k for joint filers.


I know. That's OT poor even for single income.
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Dam Guide
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Member since Sep 2005
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
First few years is basically being a servant to them and making sure they don't kill themselves.

Mine isn't raised yet, so we will see what satisfaction I get from it. The good times are a ton of fun though.

I wouldn't call it my greatest moment. It's just a kid, most of the population can do the same thing, the dumb ones are really good at it. People who live through their kids are the worst.


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Vood
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
The greatest, most rewarding experience ever, but it is also the most difficult, emotionally exhausting and expensive thing you will ever do.

You will never be ready emotionally or financial(unless you are already rich) but do not let that deter you. You will make it work.

I have two regrets, I wish had more kids and started sooner.


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fallguy_1978
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Member since Feb 2018
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
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No matter how sweet they are starting out, they all turn into surly teenagers.

Mine will be a teenager in November. And the boys are starting to show interest. FML


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bawbarn
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2942 posts

re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
It's fricking fantastic.


SprintFun
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Member since Dec 2007
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
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from what I’ve heard, in order to be a good parent, there is a lot of self-sacrifice involved... time, energy, money etc
More than you can fathom. You think you understand going into it but you don't.
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My question for you parents is, what is it really like

It's like golf...after you said every swear word you know and are ready to toss your clubs into the drink you hit a magic putt that makes you think "ah that wasn't so bad - I could get used to this".
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Do you feel joy knowing that you created a life and the satisfaction that comes from raising children?
At first not really but as time goes on this part dramatically creates a sense of fulfillment
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That moment when you first saw your child after they were born, would you say that was one of the greatest moments of your life?
Maybe in hindsight I'll say it was but to me it wasn't. I was probably more freaked out by the realization that shite just got real... And I was suffering from a severe lack of sleep.


TheCaterpillar
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
I have a 5 month old. I haven't slept in 5 months.

Its awesome and the feeling when he was born was indescribable, but hot damn I'm ready for him to be just a little self-sufficient.

3 things that have been incredible for us:
-My wife is an incredible mother

-My son is a healthy baby and sleeps well

-We have committed ourselves to not being held hostage by our kid, meaning that we still go out to dinner a lot and get babysitters so we can go to concerts, etc. Even when you're dead tired, its important to continue enjoying life.

ETA:

The most joy we get right now is watching him change. It seems every day he has new "trick" like reaching for us to pick him up, giggling in a new way, holding his own bottle, etc. You start to notice the slightest of changes and maturation. Very cool stuff.

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KG6
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Member since Aug 2009
10837 posts

re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
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Have you ever owned a dog?


It's like having a dog that slowly learns to talk.


The Torch
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Member since Aug 2014
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
You pretty much have to put your life on hold and decide that the child is more important than you.

It's a lot of work but very rewarding

We had a 12U basketball game Saturday and we were all screaming and hollering like it was the Super Bowl. Good Times - we won BTW


MontanaMax
Ole Miss Fan
Oxford, MS
Member since Nov 2011
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
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It's like having a dog that slowly learns to talk.


And manipulate


ell_13
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
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hot damn I'm ready for him to be more just a little self-sufficient.
Don't be afraid to let him fail and learn from his mistakes trying again as soon as possible with as little help as possible. The sooner he learns to pick himself back up or figure things out for himself, the better and less likely to still be living at home at 28.


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TheCaterpillar
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
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And manipulate



My dog manipulates the shite out of us


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redfishfan
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2015
3364 posts

re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
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My question for you parents is, what is it really like? Do you feel joy knowing that you created a life and the satisfaction that comes from raising children?


The satisfaction comes from the love your children give you. Nothing in the world better than a hug and a kiss from my little girl. My profession can be stressful with a lot of ups and downs but when I get home and my kid is smiling and happy to see me it's hard to be in a bad mood.

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That moment when you first saw your child after they were born, would you say that was one of the greatest moments of your life?


It really is life changing. How I interact with people everyday changed the moment I saw that baby. I'm a better person because of it.



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MBclass83
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2010
5732 posts

re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
Everything about it is hard, at least for me. I love them dearly but I'll never be the same.
They don't turn into mini me. They are their own person.


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jchamil
Member since Nov 2009
4962 posts

re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
I've got a boy who just turned 2 and my wife is scheduled to be induced for boy number 2 next Friday. I wake up tired a good bit and am tired driving home from work, but walking in the door and hearing my little buddy yell "daddy's home" makes it all worthwhile. Not looking forward to waking up with a newborn, but I'm still pumped for the newest to get here


LSUBoo
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
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but hot damn I'm ready for him to be just a little self-sufficient.


Ours is almost a year old, one of the best moments was when he learned how to hold a bottle on his own. Now I can pick up toys or get his clothes for the day out while he drinks away.

Of course now it's time to transition to solid foods entirely, so it's back to basics.


oleyeller
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Member since Oct 2012
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
have an 18month old... first 6-9months alot of stress and worry. Now its the most fun ive had in my entire life


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GOON
New Orleans Saints Fan
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Member since Mar 2008
7381 posts

re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
I always tell people it's both the best and worst thing that's ever happened to me, and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world

ETA: I have 3, btw, ages 2, 4, & 6. My house is constant chaos.
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buffbraz
LSU Fan
Member since Nov 2005
5000 posts

re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
We have our first on the way in 3 or so weeks. I'll update this thread if I'm able to type after we meet her.


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