What Surprises People most about having Children

It is said that when one door closes another one opens. This is true for having children. The door on your old life shuts only to open up a better one. Once you’ve stepped through there’s no going back. You’ve entered a world of joy, exploration and a love beyond compare.

I was shocked to discover how drastically my priorities changed after becoming a mother. Things at the top of my list had made their way to the bottom and things I would have never dreamed were right up there at number one.

A free morning of watching talk shows suddenly didn’t seem as enticing as Barney and Friends. To watch my son’s face light up at the sight of these characters, was well worth sacrificing Maury. Dancing and singing along without a care in the world, priceless. As much as I hate to admit it, I knew all the words to sing along as well.

Going out for an afternoon with the girls might be fun, but I’d rather spend it at the park. There’s nothing better than climbing up a slide, forcing your adult sized frame down it and landing on your rear at the bottom. This is followed by shrieks of joy from your child, yelling do it again. To push him on the swing as he’s kicking his feet and squealing with delight, “higher, mommy, higher”, is a memory that will stay with you forever.

I have even acquired a taste for McDonald’s. Those dinners at your favorite restaurant just can’t compare to dinner in a bag. You can’t take them out and expect them to act like little adults.”Sit up straight, don’t play with your fork, leave the ice cubes in your drink”. Not much fun for a child. I’d rather take him where a kid can be a kid.

A quiet night at home in my pj’s watching Disney movies and eating popcorn was suddenly more appealing than a night on the town. I guess I had traded intellectual conversation for nursery rhymes and nonsense.

I was quite surprised at how things changed. You know what they say, out with the old and in with the new. There have been a lot of changes and every day is a new experience. Both for him and me. The sacrifices we make as parents seem to pale in comparison to the rewards that result.