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GRTiger
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
Having a child is one of life's greatest joys.

Having 3, to paraphrase Jim Gaffigan, is like you're drowning, and someone hands you a baby.


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pjab
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
Nothing else puts your life and purpose into perspective like kids. Their well being is the first consideration of every decision you make.

The moments when things go right and all is well are the payoffs.


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SprintFun
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
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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


All of this, we also have a 5 month old.

No single aspect of having a baby is tough. It's not tough to change a diaper, give him a bottle or get up at 2AM. But holy frick do that over and over and over the totality of a bunch of little things adds up sooner than you can imagine and you're absolutely exhausted.


TheCaterpillar
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
I've learned how to get by day-to-day being perpetually tired.

We had a staycation one night at a hotel about 4 months in and let the in-laws babysit and when I woke up after 10 straight hours of solid sleep, it felt like I took the pill from the movie Limitless.

That feeling last about 24 hours then back to feeling like I've been on a drinking bender.


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Oilfieldbiology
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
Being a parent is awesome in a very different way than being 20 and single is awesome.

The only advice I ever give to new parents (newer than me because my oldest isn’t even 5 yet) is this. No one knows shite. Do what you think is best for your child. And seeing them grow up is an absolute joy.


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Azazello
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
I used to think I was "busy".



Robin Masters
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
Having a kid is almost as fun as making a kid.

In all seriousness, reproducing is "the meaning of life" and there is a certain fulfillment that comes with it. There is also a level of anxiety which cannot be accurately explained since something you love so much is so damn vulnerable.


bawbarn
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
The first 6 months sucks. We're about to have our second, and I'm dreading the first 6 months.


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xrockfordf150x
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
I have 5 and wouldn’t change a thing. Last week I got to watch my oldest daughter compete in a national invitational gymnastics meet. She’s been practicing 9-12 hours per week for 4 years. My wife and I practically live in our vehicles with school and sports runs. My daughter won 4 gold medals including all around for her age and skill level on a multi state scale. Best day of my life watching her hard work pay off.


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TheCaterpillar
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
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I used to think I was "busy".



So my son was born in September. I was also working a job that was requiring about 55-60 hours a week at the time. I was also in my last semester of grad school earning my MBA.

September-December of 2018 was about as hard as I could physically push myself physically and mentally.

Imagine getting absolutely no sleep because of a crying baby, then going to work on no sleep for 10+ hour days, then coming home to a crying baby and trying to study Advanced International Finance for an exam the next day.

The bags under my eyes were so bad people thought I had black eyes

And now, just a few months later, my boy is sleeping mostly through the night, I'm done with school, and my new job has eased up on the hours!



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Geauxld Finger
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
You will never love and hate anything in the world as much as your children.

frick people that say “oh our lives didn’t change when we had kids” they’re full of shite.

Less time, less money and less sleep.
But you love those little animals so you do it no matter how hard it gets


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Vood
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
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We had a 12U basketball game Saturday and we were all screaming and hollering like it was the Super Bowl. Good Times


I have made it clear to my kids that no game or practice is more important to me than theirs. I have never missed or complained about attending one of their games over any college or pro game. I am raising my favorite players.


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Pecker
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
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what is it really like?


It’s tough. It’s a lot of work keeping up with travel ball and constantly pouring money into video games and fast food.

I’ve heard being a mother is the toughest job in the world. I’ve seen some estimates that mothers with children age 5-12 devote 98 hours/week on motherhood. That might sound implausible or downright ridiculous, but that’s because you’ve been conditioned to not appreciate their efforts.

The good thing is that our society now considers 25-28 year olds children. So you don’t really need to focus on preparing your kids for adulthood; they’ll learn that stuff long after they leave the home. Once you realize that, you’ll stop worrying about the difficult parts or parenthood, like teaching them sometimes boring but practical life lessons and skills, and instilling in them values and providing discipline.

This post was edited on 2/11 at 10:33 am


Relham10
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
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Exhausting
This.

I work shift work where I work 7x12s. So I have my kids on my off week according to the custody agreement. I've always said working 84 hours plus on my work week is easier than my week with my kids.


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notiger1997
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
I love it. You must have the mindset that the kids come first in everything and be prepared for the craziness that the first two years brings.

I hear people all the time say that being married is hard work. Marriage is a breeze when you choose the right person. Having kids is what changes your life


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ell_13
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
We were lucky I suppose. My son was sleeping through the night by 3 months old. He's 5 now and pretty self-sufficient. Simply being strict about certain rules and expectations on top of my wife being a Supermom has lead to him waking up on time on his own, getting himself ready for school and bed, reading and writing, etc.

The best part is his personality. He's hilarious and sarcastic like his mom. He loves golf, trains, and his puppy golden retriever. He's gotten a little OCD about his play room. Everything has its place and he doesn't like when we clean it without his help to tell us where things belong.


LSUTigersVCURams
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
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It's like jogging. It sucks the whole time, but every now and then, you feel good about it and get some euphoric experiences and somehow it seems worthwhile.


What a great post.


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TheCaterpillar
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
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We were lucky I suppose. My son was sleeping through the night by 3 months old.


Ours was close to that. I think 3.5 months he was giving us 10 or so hours a night.

He's regressing right now at 5 months a little. He's going to bed hard at 7, but he's waking up hungry at 5:30 the last week or so.

We are strict in our schedule, which definitely helps.


phutureisyic
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Member since Aug 2016
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
Expensive as shite but well worth it. My son will be 17, in July, and we do all kinds of fun stuff together.


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notiger1997
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re: What Is It Like Being a Parent?
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It’s tough. It’s a lot of work keeping up with travel ball and constantly pouring money into video games and fast food.



You are such a little taint.


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