UPDATED June 2nd, 2018
From the very moment you find out you are pregnant, you and your partner swear that you’ll be cool parents. You’ll listen to your kids; you’ll laugh and you won’t yell. You’ll let them stay up late and eat junk food; you’ll get messy together and you’ll have fun. And then you have the baby, and that baby grows up into a sometimes-obnoxious kid and you realize that being a parent is really, really hard. It’s complicated and stressful and beyond exhausting. And while the word “fun” does sometimes describe what you do as a mom, it’s not exactly at the top of your list. Suddenly teaching your kids manners, making sure they don’t puke or throw a tantrum in public and trying desperately to make it through the day in one piece are bigger priorities than being “fun” parents.