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7 Things No One Told You About Parenting (page 2)

7 Things No One Told You About Parenting

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6. It's hard to get plugged in. Rick Smith, a parenting writer who runs the blog Noah's Dad, says he didn't realize how hard it would be to unplug until he had kids. "As a new parent I was surprised by how hard it was, and is, for me to unplug from my gadgets and plug in to my family," he says. "More times than I'd like to admit, I find myself cuddling with my 20-month-old in one hand, and sneaking a peek at my iPhone inbox in the other. Our children shouldn't have to feel like they are competing against our gadgets for our attention."

7. Kids change. When you're chasing a crazed 3-year-old around storytime at the library, you're probably also thinking that you'll one day have to send him to military school. But believe it or not, one of the greatest misconceptions about parenting is that you'll parent the same kid through adulthood. Crazy 3-year-olds can become sweet teens. Snotty teens can later become thoughtful adults. When it comes to parenting, most of the worst stuff is just a phase.

In short? Parenting is the best job ... ever. No, you don't get paid and if you're looking for gratitude, you're probably barking up the wrong tree. Did we mention that the boss can be a real tyrant sometimes? But being a parent is the most rewarding, amazing, frustrating, happy, exciting, upsetting and confusing job you'll ever undertake. Moral of the story? You'll love every drool-filled, tickle-fighting, cookie-squishing moment of it. Why doesn't anyone ever tell you that?

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