10 things you'll learn from being a parent

About 15 years I found out I was pregnant, I was both terrified and excited to become a parent, but I had no idea how much the baby that would become BP would change our lives. BP is now 14 years old, he drives me mad most days, and is well and truly into his “teen” stage, but even with all that I’ve realised just how much I’ve learned since he was born - and how much you’ll learn from being a parent. 

I have no idea what we did with all of our time before we had kids. How did we fill so much time and still feel like there wasn’t enough time for everything we wanted to do? 

I remember taking extra evening classes so I could learn more and I wanted to add more to that list. Little did I know I was about to learn a whole lot just by being someone’s parent. 


10 Things You'll Learn From Being A Parent | Be prepared for lots and lots of toys, like this baby surrounded by toys.
Prepare to be inundated with toys, nappies, and a whole heap of learning!


Because being a parent is a learning experience, from learning how to feed a baby and change their nappy to knowing how to deal with tween tantrums (not that I've mastered this one yet - even on my second time around). The learning never ends and I'm sure that when I'm a Grandma I'll be talking about how I'm still learning, but for now here’s a few things that I think you’ll learn once you’re a parent. 



1. You can deal with anything 


A poorly child with a high temperature? 
No problem. 
Nappy explosions? 
Easy. 
Projectile vomit covering bedding, people, and clothes? 
You're on it. 

Things that you never thought you could deal with suddenly become easy, even when it's 2 am and you've only had an hour's sleep. 

After the baby stage there’ll be the nightmares of toddlers, the growing pains of school kids, and eventually teenage angst. Currently I’m dealing with an occasionally stroppy tween who loves being active, so that’s fun, and a teen who is finding his way and his voice



2. You're ridiculously soppy 


Before you had kids you could watch a romantic comedy and laugh. 
After kids you can't watch those movies without crying, big wet, soppy tears. 

Ads on TV have you in tears, any baby within a 2 mile radius makes you broody, and when your kid runs out of nursery with a blob of paint on a piece of paper you have to hold back the tears of pride. 


10 Things You'll Learn From Being A Parent | A young girl with her face covered in paint splotches.
How on earth can you be so excited by a blob of paint?!


Adding years to the parenting learning doesn’t help with this one either. When you’re presented with a glowing piece of work your teen did tears threaten to burst from your eyes like a water from a broken pipe and when you hear teachers rave about how wonderful you kid is you’ll have to swallow that suddenly rock-hard lump in your throat. 



3. You had no idea how strong love could be


The very moment you're handed your very own bundle of joy your heart is filled with such love you feel like it could burst. As the little one clings to your finger with all their might tears trickle down your cheeks. 





The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.

Honore de Balzac





And as for when they’re older, well, just let someone try to harm your little (or not-so-little - BP is 5’10’’ - compared to my 5’5’’) bundle of joy and you become The Hulk. Believe me, no one will like YOU when your child is threatened! 



4. You're bestowed with magical powers


When your little one is a baby yours are the only arms he/she will fall asleep in. When they're older and they skin their knees a simple kiss from you will make it all better. And when they're older still your stories are the only ones that will put them to sleep.


10 Things You'll Learn From Being A Parent | A sleeping baby, only sleeps when his mama is around.
Your magical powers at work. Sh!! 🤫


And maybe, if you’re lucky, when they’re teens and trying to cope with hormones and the stress of school a hug from you will make it all seem somehow better. 



5. Nothing makes you happier than your child's smile 


You could be in the lowest of moods and seeing your child come out of school with the biggest smile on their face as they run towards you will make your heart sing. The look on their face on Christmas morning will stay with you forever. But the best smile in the world is the one they give you just before they go to sleep every night. 



6. You have more patience than you realised 


Before you have kids you pride yourself on your patience but as soon as you have kids you realise you had none. No one can test your patience like your own kids can, except maybe when your kids and Hubby partner up! 



7. You're a Master at hiding 'nasty' foods


You become talented at hiding vegetables and sneaking fruit into your kid’s diet. Courgette in spaghetti bolognese and strawberries in a smoothie, who knew you were such a master!


10 Things You'll Learn From Being A Parent | Like hiding vegetables in your best bolognese.
If you can't see the vegetables that must mean they're not there.


Eventually even the pickiest of eaters will discover that they actually like carrots - yes carrots(!) - and will request you put them into everything they can have gravy with! 



8. You're a hoarder 


Every single piece of paper your child writes on, every piece of art they bring home from school, will be kept. Your house will be filled with clay "candle holders" that can't hold candles, cups with cracks, and reams and reams of paper. And you just can't bring yourself to throw any of it away. 





The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don't celebrate those, they can pass you by.



Alek Wek





To this day I still have so many of my kids things that I’m afraid the loft will collapse on top of us all one day! 



9. You ARE SuperMum  - Until the kids are better


When your child falls ill you'll go into Super mode. The house will run smoothly and you'll take care of the poorly child. All will be well and you'll think you're great, you didn't even catch the flu... 


10 Things You'll Learn From Being A Parent | A mum hugs her son because he's ill.
Your hugs will make it all better...



10. You catch everything


Your child comes home with the sniffles and you get a cold. Your child catches chicken pox and you get the flu. Your child is sick, once, and you're struck down with sickness and diarrhoea that lasts a week. 

As your child grows they get immunity to various sniffles and childhood diseases, but you? You continually get the flu, sickness bugs, and are ALWAYS sniffling. 


10 Things You'll Learn From Being A Parent | I think about all I've learned over the years - what have you learned so far?


If being a parent has taught me one thing it's that I had no idea who I really was until I had kids. 



What have you learned since becoming a parent? 




If you enjoyed this you’ll enjoy 5 reasons you should take a break from parenting or if you’re after some reassurance because you’re a parent of tweens or teens check out Why it’s awesome being a mum to tweens/teens

Stop by Facebook and tell me what parenting has taught you - I’d love to hear your perspective. 

And to make sure you’re always on top of everything I’ve got some cleaning checklists just for you - stay organised and you can grab that hot coffee!

8 comments

  1. This made me smile. It is all so true.
    These are the things that all the baby books don't tell you. I love it.

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    1. Thanks Kim. I think that's the thing, there are so many thing the books don't tell you and it's great to point them out. :)

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  2. Not sure I've learned many of these yet, but some of them are slowly coming. A lot of the things involving love are taking a bit longer to come. Great post though!

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    1. It can take time sometimes, but I promise you these things will come. I've been a mum for more than 13 years now, my youngest is 8, and all these things are still true! Thanks for stopping by. 😊

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  3. So true!! Me and my husband struggled to have our first, but after a looooooong time we eventually got there, interestingly the month I got pregnant we tried this ovulation calculator, maybe timing is more important than some anticipate? My little girl is only at preschool but I'm starting to see these points coming up more and more often!

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    1. Thanks Catie, and yes, you'll see them more and more. xx

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  4. I had to chuckle at these and nod in agreement! We can totally do anything and I am a serious hoarder... who knows when you may need all that bubble wrap! ;) Sim x #PoCoLo

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