What do you LOVE about being a parent?
January 15, 2013 11:21 AM Subscribe
I have a very easy time picturing the ways in which having children would negatively impact my life and career -- I can imagine the exhaustion and the chaos and the drudgery with crystal clarity -- but the good parts are much more hazy. What great stuff does your kids bring into your life? What do you love about having had a family? What makes all the difficulties and sacrifices worthwhile for you?
posted by Narrative Priorities to Society & Culture (87 answers total) 108 users marked this as a favorite
As a woman in my early thirties with some family history of fertility problems, I'm aware that my window for making the kid decision is going to start closing soon. But while I've had it thoroughly hammered into me how difficult parenting is and how completely it could destroy my hopes and plans for the future, I really don't have anyone in my life to talk to me about what's GREAT about parenting.
I want specifics! PLEASE FEEL FREE TO GUSH! I'd always imagined that I'd have kids myself eventually, and this doubt and indecision has made me feel pretty terrible! I would love to be convinced!
(Please DO NOT tell me how awesome it is to be child-free or how terrifyingly difficult parenting is. I really don't need any more information in either of those areas right now, and both are easy to ready about in the askme archives if I want to refresh my memory.)