You can read all of the books, and talk to all of the experts, and spend hours and days talking to your own mother about what to expect once you have children, but the fact remains that you’ll never really get it until that baby is staring you in the face.
And, you’ll keep never getting it until they’re adults and out on their own – and then you can keep pretending you know what you’re doing with your grandkids.
These parents are sharing the moments they felt like life said “welcome to parenthood,” and if you’re part of the club, you’ll probably agree.
11. One person’s half-eaten acorn is a toddler’s treasure.
Why do they hate trash cans?
Welcome to parenthood. Your coat pockets are now tiny garbage cans.
— Jessie (@mommajessiec) September 11, 2020
10. And they like the trash more than anything you’ve bought them.
Trust me on this.
Welcome to parenthood. Every piece of trash in your house is now a makeshift toy that you are not allowed to throw out.
— SpacedMom (@copymama) August 21, 2018
9. The days begin early.
And they last forever.
Welcome to parenthood. Yes, it's possible to have the worst day of your life before 6:00 AM.
— Henpecked Hal (@HenpeckedHal) June 24, 2020
8. It’s not because they’re controlling.
It’s because someone has to occupy the children.
Welcome to parenthood. You'll find yourself asking your spouse ridiculous questions like, "do you mind if I take a shower?"
— Henpecked Hal (@HenpeckedHal) May 11, 2020
7. I think the WHAT NOW belongs around lunch.
The days end with GO BACK TO BED.
welcome to parenthood, your day starts with "yes sweetheart?" and ends with "WHAT NOW?"
— The Dad (@thedad) January 13, 2021
6. Don’t you dare try to argue with the parent who is home that it’s not.
Because they would kill for that 30 minute drive.
5. We are all stronger than we know.
Because me time has become a farce.
Welcome To Parenthood: Screen Time on the toilet with a locked bathroom door is now your Self Care.
— Goldfish and Chicken Nuggets (@gfishandnuggets) January 9, 2019
4. No, they don’t know what they are hungry for, either.
But it’s probably nothing you have.
Welcome to parenthood. Everyone’s hungry, just not for that.
— Lurkin' Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) February 19, 2019
3. Well that’s just rude.
Time for a boycott.
Welcome to parenthood. https://t.co/rlaCNmjqng
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) September 2, 2018
2. You will hardly notice the first.
You will become an expert at fixing th second.
Welcome to parenthood.
Everything you own will now be sticky and broken.
— Sarcastic Mommy (@sarcasticmommy4) March 21, 2018
1. All rocks are worthy.
They will go into your pockets, sir.
Welcome to parenthood.
Your outdoor rocks are indoor rocks now.
— Paige Kellerman (@PaigeKellerman) May 4, 2018
I am just giggling and also wanting to hold someone’s hand because whew. Those first realizations are tough!
What’s the moment you knew for sure you had joined the mommy or daddy club? Share it with us in the comments!