11 'Luxuries' Parents Didn't Realize They Were Missing

11 'Luxuries' Parents Didn't Realize They Were Missing

Sometimes you don’t realize what you’re missing … until you get it back.

By Nicole Fabian-Weber

It's impossible to know the everyday things we take for granted before we have kids – the little "luxuries" that became all but impossible once we had small children in our lives. For instance, going to the bathroom in private comes to mind. But it gets better. Promise. As your children grow older (or as you have more, in some cases!), bits of your old life slooooowly begin to re-emerge, and you think to yourself, "Oh yeah! I like that! I used to do that all the time!"

We asked 11 parents what small "luxuries" they're rediscovering (and enjoying) now that their kids are getting a bit older. It's amazing the things you never knew you missed until you get them back!

1. "Sleeping late. Now that my daughter is getting close to the tween years, she's finally started to sleep in on Saturday mornings. I forgot how amazing it is to not feel like I have to get up, get breakfast made, and entertain someone when I'm exhausted." -- Jeanne S., mom of a 9-year-old girl

2. "Using the restroom without having a small child (or children) come barging in." -- Cheryl B., mom of two girls, 6 and 4

3. "Not having my kitchen look like a bomb went off in it after dinnertime!" -- Erin W., mom of a 5-year-old boy

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4. "This may be unique to my child, but not having to listen to kids' music when I'm driving. My daughter was obsessed with this one (really annoying) CD." -- Megan N., mom of a boy, 6, and a girl, 4

5. "Potty training was a long haul for us, but man, it's nice to not have to change diapers anymore!" -- Jen M., mom of a 5-year-old girl

6. "Having a clean(ish) house and car." -- Beth N., mom of a 13-year-old girl


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7. "Sleeping through the night! Finally!" -- Anna P., mom of a 2-year-old girl

8. "Not having to entertain my kids or answer the question 'why?' 100 times a day. I finally get some peace and quiet again!" -- Lori H., mom of a boy, 15, and a girl, 12

9. "Not having to do what feels like 100 loads of laundry per week. My kids have chores now!" -- Elizabeth A., mom of two girls, 10 and 8

10. "It's great to be at the point where if my kids are silent, I don't wonder if something bad is happening. Silence is terrifying when you've got a toddler." -- Ilene P., mom of two girls, 7 and 5

11. "I can't tell you how nice it is to have an uninterrupted conversation with my husband." -- Emilie W., mom of two girls, 9 and 5

What "luxuries" are you rediscovering?

Nicole Fabian-Weber is the mama to a toddler girl and a baby boy. She lives outside of NYC and writes for The Stir and numerous other online publications. Right now she’s probably fantasizing about sleep.

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