Do you remember life without children? Although it may be nearly impossible to recall those days, as I look back there are so many things I took for granted because once you have kids the little things in life become complicated.
Here are just a few of the things that at one time in my life used to be easy, but are now exhausting.
Before children I simply would walk up the stairs, get in bed, and go to sleep. It was easy…it was simple.
Now bed time can literally take well over an hour. There are three kids to bathe, snacks to get, books to read, backs to rub, arguments to win over actually going to sleep, and a million questions to answer. By the time the kids are in bed, I am typically not far behind.
Without children running was easy. I put on my shoes, leisurely decided what songs I would listen to, and off I would go. It was peaceful and relaxing.
Now, running consists of pushing a 30 pound toddler in a stroller, while detouring a six year old on a bike for four miles. Most people think a tough mudder is difficult…well I challenge anyone to run four miles while trying to keep all the kids alive. It is my own version of Survivor.
Going Out to Eat
My wife and I used to love to go out to dinner before kids. It was fun, we enjoyed our food, and even had a conversation.
With three kids six and under; going out to dinner is almost like self-sabotaging ourselves. Nearly every time my wife and I eat in shifts, I drink to stay calm, and bring my own dust buster to clean up after the kids drop nearly every piece of food on the floor. The only conversation we get to have is telling our kids to behave.
Prior to kids vacations were something my wife and I looked forward to. We slept in, laid out on the beach, and stayed out late.
Today we need a vacation after our vacation. I have no statistics to back this up, but I have determined vacations with kids are 98% more difficult than without children.
I used to watch whatever I wanted. Seriously…anything! If I wanted to watch a rerun of Friends at 3:30 on the weekend…no problem. Seinfeld at 7:00…sure.
Now watching television includes a debate between my children, a DVR at 100% capacity with kid shows, and never an adult show. My kids don’t even like “How I Met Your Mother”.
I love to read. It is a great way to improve yourself and learn. I used to read all the time.
Reading today is much different. It is filled with Dr. Suess, Clifford, and Curious George. Sometimes when I want to catch up on my reading now, I tell everyone I have to go to the bathroom (if you know what I mean). Then I spend the next 20 minutes locked in a room with my Kindle.
Those are a few things that I find a little more complicated in my life. What is something I missed?