Tuesday, July 28, 2015

12 Things That Have Surprised Me (Us) About Parenthood

For this week's Tuesday Ten, we got a little wiggle room with our topic. We asked everyone to fill in the blank for "10 Things That Have Surprised Me About __________." I knew right away that I wanted to put "parenthood" in that blank, but when the time came to write my list, I came up empty. I pondered changing to marriage, being a stay at home mom, and having daughters, but nothing seemed quite right. So, I went to Facebook and asked my friends to tell me about the one thing that has surprised them most about being a parent. They did not disappoint me!! I got responses from "veteran" moms as well as moms with children much younger than mine. They all had some great answers and I couldn't agree more. In fact, their answers were so good, I couldn't just stop at 10!
  1. How well we can function on so little sleep. (from Towa)
  2. How hard it is to balance everything - career vs. staying at home. You really can't have it all. (from Rebecca)
  3. What an emotional roller coaster it is. One minute they make you so angry and frustrated, but the next minute you are hugging them and praying for them because you love them so much. (from Amy and Lisa)
  4. How many thing we cannot control. (from Angela)
  5. How messy it is. (from David J. - kind of)
  6. The number of times we had to change our perspective on all the things we said we would never do as parents. (from Leah) 
  7. How we overcome our own fears for the sake of their protection and betterment. (from Kenya)
  8. How harshly our parenting is judged by others. (from C Lee)
  9. How fast it goes. People tell you that, but you don't really understand until you are a parent yourself. (from Kathy)
    You don't really understand until you are a parent yourself. #TuesdayTen @TheGoldenSpoons
  10. How readily and fiercely we fight for them when we need to - even when that's not usually in our nature. (from Margaret)
  11. The way in which we lost friends but also gained new ones when we became parents and how much we (sometimes) miss our "old" life. (from Jeannette and NJ)
  12. How intensely we feel it too when they are hurt, sick, scared,or sad. (from Becki and Kathryn)
And, one final thought from me: How intensely you can love another human being. Of course, I love my parents, my brother, my friends, my husband. Having a child, however, is a different kind of love from anything I have ever known and something I don't think anyone can truly understand until you have felt it yourself. 

Your Tuesday Ten hostesses are:


The Teacher Wife
facebook pinterest
We hope you have enjoyed our #TuesdayTen lists! If so, please link up one of your own and share your post using #TuesdayTen!
 If you would like to be added to the mailing list without linking up, click here.

Come link up again next Tuesday, August 4 and tell us about 10 trends form the past you would like to see make a comeback (or not!).
The Golden Spoons


Julie S. said...

All these points are so true! I never expected being a parent to be such an intense experience.

Jill Robbins said...

These are all so true. I think the judging part surprised me the most, even though I was one of those parents who judged other parents before I had children. It's so harsh it sometimes takes my breath away but it always surprises me.

Janine Huldie said...

All of the above, especially how much they can drive me crazy and yet how much I can totally still love them through and through.

Kathy Radigan said...

I love and agree with these all!!!!

MamaRabia said...

Motherhood really has been surprising in so many ways! I knew my kids would be disobedient and I knew they would fight, but I never thought through how I would handle it and how persistent they can be sometimes! But despite all of that, I never knew how much I would love being a mom!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

It is very intense, for sure!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

I don't think we ever expect to be judged, but, sadly, it happens all too often.

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

I never anticipated how frustrated they would make me. Never. But, I always love them!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Thanks, Kathy & thanks for helping with the list!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Occasionally, I want to run far, far away 😉, but most of the time I love being a mom and I cannot imagine my life without them.

Stacey Gannett said...

Wow! Amen to each and every one of these, for sure! Parenthood can be a roller coaster of everything and worth every crazy, wonky minute! Have a great week, Lisa!

Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom said...

Yes to all of these!

I can't believe how fast it goes by! I'm also stunned whenever there is judgment of parenting... really?! Do people still do that... come on!

Fabulous list Lisa.

Thanks for sharing.

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Thanks, Stacey!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Thanks, Jennifer!

Eli @ Coach Daddy said...

chaos and love reign in parenthood, don't they? I love your collection of thoughts here, but especially yours, Lisa. And when you have more than one, you see that the love expands exponentially.

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Chaos & Love reign supreme, for sure! This one was fun to put together!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...