10 Things I Didn’t Know Before Having Children

1. When you have small children, going to the park can be stressful. From the time the child is mobile until they are about 3 or 4, park play dates are not the ideal place to have meaningful conversations with friends. Unless your definition of a meaningful conversation includes one of the people running off randomly to protect their child from getting beaned in the head by the swing. If a mom is lucky enough to have several children, it’s likely that she will have 7 years of park play dates before she can actually sit down and watch from the sidelines.


2. The word “underpants” would become a natural part of my vocabulary.

3. ย The funniest costume to a little boy includes underwear on his head.

4. There is nothing more amusing to an 8 year old boy than a book full of riddles.

5. There is nothing more annoying to a mother than to have to listen to her 8 year old read an entire book full of riddles.

6. When I have grandchildren, I’m going to buy them riddle books.

7. I’m not above bribing my children.

8. I can drive and accurately throw food into the back seat to my children.

9. Family dance parties can make almost anything better.


What would you add? I need a 10th!


10 thoughts on “10 Things I Didn’t Know Before Having Children

  1. I love family dance parties! my number ten would be that I had no idea the bathroom would become a fortress,where the insurgents are always banging at the gates.

  2. 10. How quickly you become immune to everything you thought was totally gross before having kids (i.e. spit up, dirty diapers/undies, etc.)

    1. Haha! Yep. And when you have a newborn, you actually want to know how wet the diapers are and if they were dirty and other details you would never have dreamed were important!

  3. Here’s a number ten you may not know yet since your kids are young. Most boys NEVER outgrow the impulse to laugh out loud at any farting (sorry) noise. They will always find it funny. For some reason, we women just don’t understand this.


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