The Lesser Known Reasons You Should Have Children

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:

The Bedtime Battle
The Green-eyed Monster
Observations of a Mother
Common Sense Life Lessons I Hope My Sons Will Learn
The “Real” Job


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.


Pest Control

“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.”

Er…Splurging helper

“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!”

Better Health

(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!”


10 Comments on “The Lesser Known Reasons You Should Have Children

  1. You had me laughing and then the last four I was sitting here with goosebumps. Wonderful post and a perfect foil to the last one!


    • Oh, thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I probably shouldn’t have put the very last one on because it’s had me thinking and crying off and on all day. I really do love being a mom! And I love reading about other moms like you and their way of sharing that love for their family as well. 🙂

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    • Dianne, I’m so glad you enjoy them! I love keeping in touch through your comments. As tiring as it can be, this motherhood is certainly worth it. 🙂 love to both of you!


    • I’ve thought of so many more after I posted that, and I’m sure my list will only continue to grow as they get older! Eric, do you have kids? I always appreciate your comments. 🙂


      • I do not. However, I coached an age-group swim team for four years with 110 kids ranging in age from 6-18. And I have been blessed to be close to five nieces, nephews and three unrelated godchildren as they’ve been growing up. I had the pleasure and the enjoyment, just not the primary, parental responsibilities.


  2. The beginning of this list was cracking me up! It is true–there are so many perks to having children that you just don’t realize until you are in the moment enjoying the perks. Even though so many people said having children was wonderful, it is more wonderful than I ever imagined. Great post! I so enjoyed reading it. 🙂


  3. Oh, so very, very beautiful–as well as hilarious! Your last line really got me though. They are ours, forever, and nothing will ever match this incredible gift of motherhood. Love it!!!


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