A few days ago I published Murphy’s Laws of Motherhood. As I finished listing all of the ironies, I realized anyone contemplating motherhood might read that and say, “EEK! Kids? No thank you. That sounds like a nightmare!” If you’ve read my blog before, you know that I am a FIRM believer in the blessings of parenthood, despite all the madness and craziness.
In case you don’t know:
Being a mother has been the most amazing, miraculous, wonderful adventure of my life, and they could spill fifty billion jugs of orange juice on my newly mopped floor and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. ANYTHING! So I thought before I scare anyone from the wonderful (albeit exhausting) life of motherhood, here are some reasons to have kids that you just might not have considered.
“Mom, come check out this spider! It’s HUGE!!!! It’s literally as big as my hand. You’ve got to see…Oh, never mind. N just smooshed it with his foot. No, he doesn’t have shoes or socks on. Why do you ask?”
Your own personal Jiminee Cricket
“Auntie Chelsi, you said STUPID again! Stupid is a bad word. You really, really shouldn’t say it.”
Anti splurge helper
“Why do you need a new hat, Mom? Your other one looks really good on you! I like your other one better. Waaay better. You don’t need a new one.”
“Mom, can we please get the good kind of cereal? We have been soooo good and helpful. You haven’t got this kind in forever. It’s YOUR favorite too, remember?? It’s ok. You can get it just this once.”
Honest opinion giver
“No, I don’t like that dress. It looks kinda funny. Mommy? Are you gonna have a baby again? Cause that dress kinda makes you look like you are. That’d be so cool!!! If you are, can I have a baby sister this time?”
Help to keep life in perspective
“Mom, you can clean the bathrooms later. Come build a lego city with us.”
Make you feel super-cool even in your incredible dorkyness.
“You should see my mom. She can JUGGLE! She’s soooo good!”
“Wow, Mom! Do that dance again! I didn’t know you knew the Penguin Polka! Can you teach it to us?”
An opportunity to really hone your skills
“Mommy, will you please make me a paper airplane? Yeah, I know you’ve already made me six this morning, but this time I want it to be smaller and faster. It’s ok, it’s a science experiment!
Appreciation for the little things in life
(Me) “Hey, guys! Look out your window! Quick! Cows! Did you see em?”
A reason to get out of bed every morning
“Moooom! N (age one) is in my bunk bed again!”
(Me) “Hmm. If I snitch a cookie, they’ll run in and want one too. Apple it is.”
“Mom! M’s going to the bathroom on that tree by the playground!”
A better understanding of your parents
(Me) “It is so past your bedtime! You need to get in bed right now!” (in my mind) “Wow, did I really just say that? I sounded just like my mom!”
A renewed sense of adventure
“Mmmm. Pickle, peanut butter, and honey sandwich. You really should try this, Mom!”
And here are a few more if you were hoping for more serious reasons to consider when contemplating children.
Loving someone more than life itself
That rare and beautiful moment when you walk in their room, hear that steady, sleepy breathing, the silence, and see their perfect little faces, eyelashes brushing against their cheeks. Then you think to yourself, “They are mine! How on earth did I get so incredibly lucky?”
Witnessing miracles every single day
Every little accomplishment, every tiny discovery will leave you in awe.
Their unwavering faith as a reminder of the courage you need to face life’s most difficult challenges
“Mommy? Why are you crying? It’s ok. We’ll see her again. Remember, Mommy? Families are forever!”