10 Hidden Perks of Parenthood

10 Hidden Perks of Parenthood

Shhh, don’t let it get out how grateful you are for these!

By Jeanne Sager

When you’re expecting a baby, some people tend to spout a long list of the reasons parenthood is the absolute worst. You’ll never sleep again, they tell you. Your bladder will never recover. Your wallet won’t, either! And on and on and on.

What they don’t tell you is that having kids has a ton of awesome perks that are less about the kids themselves and more about benefits for you. Behold:

1. A “get out of jail free” card for every event you don’t want to attend. Best friend’s sister’s wedding to a guy you don’t like? Oh, right, your kid has a dance recital that weekend.

2. Toys. We’re talking the toys you wanted when you were a kid but somehow never got … which you now have an excuse to buy. In bulk.

3. A bona fide reason for the mess. You could be a packrat with no interest in cleaning, but so long as you have small humans in your house, you never have to admit to it.

4. A reason to buy “kid” food. Now, now, now, of course we should be exposing our children to Brussels sprouts and kale, but remember the sorts of things you loved as a wee one and don’t eat because you’re no longer a child? Get ready for some serious comfort food.

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5. Free workouts. You hardly need to go to the gym when you spend 13 hours a day chasing a toddler.

6. The amusement factor. Who has to shell out money for a comedy show when you can ask your 3-year-old to please repeat herself after she’s tried to say blueberry or fire truck?


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7. An easy way to spot your car in the parking lot. The one with the giant car seat in the back, and the smeared kissy face prints all over the window? Yup, that’s yours.

8. The single restroom is all yours. You know, the one marked for families only, which is generally cleaner than all the rest of the bathrooms? Winning!

9. A reason to re-read your favorite children’s books. And watch the accompanying movie.

10. Someone to blame for the smell. It used to be the dog. Now it’s the baby. Stinky creatures, the lot of them.

What’s your favorite hidden perk of having kids?

Jeanne Sager is a freelance writer, photographer and social media junkie. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, daughter, and way too many pets. You can follow her @JeanneSager.

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