One Thing I’m Happy Someone Told Me: It’s Different With Your Own Kids

When you’re pregnant or a new mom it feels like you have a sign on your forehead that says, “Give me unwarranted advice, please.” While some of it you quickly discard, there are several things people told me that I appreciated when I was going through new experiences as a mom. I really liked hearing this bit about kids not having the best sleeping hours.

I was relating an experience to my friend of babysitting some kids overnight. During the night one of them had thrown up, one of them kept on crying and then the baby woke up really early the next day. I was remembering how rough it was and said, “I don’t think I’m going to be able to do it with my own kids.” And to that she replied, “It’s different with your own kids. Sure it’s tough, and you’re sleep deprived a lot but it’s so much easier to tend to your own kids and be happy about it then to take care of somebody else’s child.” Those words gave me a little boost of confidence and I remember them when I hear Beck’s babble way too early in the morning. Sure, I’m tired, but those little noises make me happy too. Probably not so much if it wasn’t my kid.

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