Parents could use a little patience and understanding
In America, less people are getting married, buying homes, and having kids. It seems like people are held back by the economy, which isn’t as booming as it once was due to inflation, plus there’s less of an emphasis on having a traditional nuclear family. While some people may see that as a huge problem, there are some benefits to waiting to have children or not having children at all if you feel like you just wouldn’t make a good parent.
Whatever your choice, you seriously shouldn’t go around bashing people who choose to procreate. They’re making up the next generation of the world, after all. Parents have got a few life lessons for those child-free adults.
Zero to One
How quickly and dramatically everything changes. The first few months after our first child was born, it was like or lives turned upside-down. Having a second child is (so far) a way easier transition than going from zero to one. (ButcherJustLikeVlad)
The E Word
When you see it from the outside, it looks “easy,” in the same way that lifting a ten pound weight out in front of you looks easy. I could step in front of you, lift up the weight once, set it down and say, “Wow… why do you keep saying this is so difficult? That was so simple.”
But parenting isn’t just lifting the weight once. Parenting is holding the weight at arm’s length, with no breaks, for years. It doesn’t just “hurt,” it aches. It’s exhausting. If you’re lucky, you have enough friends and family around to help take the load off of you so that you have the time to heal. But if not, it can (and does) break people.
Parenting is not, and has never been, “easy.” (davetronred)
The only thing that really bothers me is when someone is super smug about non-important parenting choices. “I would never let my child drink regular milk from the store.” Like, do you know how much milk kids drink? If you want to spend $$$ on organic farm milk, be my guest but don’t give me attitude for prioritizing other expenses. (HateradeK)