Being a mom is an adventure, to say the least. It is the best journey you can take in life. It is filled with ups and downs, but most importantly, it is filled with the greatest sense of love you will ever experience. No matter how much you prepare for being a parent, there are a few surprises that will come along the way. Below, we take a look at some of the things no one tells you about being a mom…
You won’t know if you have done a good job for about 30 years
One of the weird things about being a parent is that you try so hard to get it right. You spend your life making difficult decisions and doing everything you can to create a good human. However, you won’t know for about 30 years if you have achieved this. And, even if you have been a great parent, there is no guarantee that your children won’t end up in trouble. In fact, most people do need to learn things the hard way in life, so don’t be too hard on yourself.
You will never have a simple journey again
You are a walking carrier bag from now on. No matter where you go, you are going to be juggling a plethora of different things, from the diaper bag to your child’s favorite blanket. You will forget the meaning of traveling light. Whenever you need to go somewhere, you will need to plan in advance, and nothing will be quick or easy anymore. Unfortunately, this is something you are just going to have to get used to.
You will become a type A control freak
Being a mom makes it feel almost impossible to back off. You will want to know everything your kid is doing. You want to know who your children are speaking to, how their day went, what they are doing on the phone, and so on and so forth. It can be hard to hold yourself back and stop from peaking into their lives.
You will learn from your child
You may be the parent but you will also learn a lot from your children too, especially as the world around us continues to change. As your children get older, they start to learn about what they really want. They may go on youth mission trips or do work experience, and you will be surprised by how much knowledge they can bring to the table.
There is no privacy
When parents say they get no time to themselves, we tend to think they are exaggerating. Surely they get peace when their child goes to bed? Well, news flash; there is no privacy! You won’t even be able to go to the toilet without your child trying to interrupt you. You could find yourself finally drifting off to sleep and all of a sudden, your child has had a nightmare or they are wide awake and want your attention.
There is no learning curve
A lot of people say that being a parent is a big learning curve. However, quite frankly, there is no learning curve. Once you think you have mastered this parenting lark, something comes up that makes you feel like you are back at square one. Plus, the parenting technique you used in the first place may quickly become ineffective once your child has rumbled you. Remember, there is no right or wrong way, and just because someone else is parenting differently does not mean that your approach is wrong.
Your baby will eventually insult you
That gorgeous little baby that looks like butter wouldn’t melt will soon grow up to insult you. And no, this doesn’t mean that they are going to turn into a teenage brat and call you names! You only need to give it a few months and they will be throwing their dinner off the high chair at you. Oh, and they will probably have a good chuckle about it!
From being a walking carrier bag to the lack of privacy, there are lots of different things that come with being a mom. However, it is still the best experience you will ever have – by far! The best thing that we can say when it comes to what to expect as a parent is that you simply have to expect the unexpected. It’s a cliche but one that rings very true when it comes to parenting.