Things Parent Wish They Knew Before They Had Kids

It’s no secret that being a parent isn’t easy, and no matter how prepared you think you are before that bundle of joy comes there are always surprises that no one seemed to warn you about, and probably should have. 

There's certainly a lot of parental wisdom parents can share with each other and now a bunch of parents have taken to Reddit to share the one thing they wish they knew before having kids, and we bet a lot of folks out there can relate.

Things parents wish they knew before having kids include….

  • "Kids are like video games — the longer you play, the harder the levels get. Everyone is always talking about how hard babies are — but in retrospect, babies were easy. It's the teenagers that are the pains in the rear."
  • "That you'll get really comfortable with poop, pee, and puke. I've caught my kid's puke three times now — WITH MY BARE HANDS."
  • "That you'll spend the first two years excitedly teaching them how to speak, then the next 16 years begging them to stop talking so much."
  • "That it's OK to accept help, whether it's medicine, a therapist, or a family member who can watch your baby so you can sleep and shower.”
  • "Don't waste money on expensive baby clothes. They will grow out of them before you know it."
  • "That no matter how great of a parent you are, sometimes your kids just will not listen."
  • “Sometimes you won't like your kid. They are born with the unique ability to find every one of your buttons and hammer them. But not liking them doesn't mean you don't love them."
  • "That I wouldn't appreciate silence until I had kids."
  • “That until they can speak, they are boring! Cute, if you're lucky. But really,really boring."
  • "And that every time you think you've gotten a handle on this parenting thing all of the rules change." 


If you’ve ever been in a meeting and shared a really great idea that it feels like no one notices, only to have a man give the same idea later and be showered with praise, you’re so not alone. Sadly, lots of us have experienced this kind of “glossing over” where a man gets all the credit for an idea you came up with and Barbie’s new vlog wants to help teach girls how to find their voice in these situations.

Barbie is turning 60 this year and she’s come a long way over the years, from just being a buxom girlfriend to Ken to becoming a career woman who comes in all shapes and sizes. And now her latest vlog,Finding Your Voice with Barbie, is here to celebrate her 60th anniversary and International Women’s Day today by telling girls it’s “time to take up their space.”

“Barbie wants girls to know that women and girls should always push to have their voices heard,” a press release for the vlog explains. “The overall message is that when women speak up for each other, they summon the strength and power to stay in the conversation.”

While not everyone is a fan of Barbie, we all want our daughters to be heard, so if this gets that message across, bring it on. Barbie is a YouTube editor for the month of March and her takeover starts today, so she’ll be sharing more inspiring videos. And of all the things our kids may watch on YouTube, at least this is pushing a positive message.


Even if you don’t have kids, you’re probably familiar with the “Baby Shark” song. It’s a children’s song about a family of sharks and it was so catchy, it’s gone viral and evenlanded on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s one of the few kids songs to make it on the chart, but it turns out the infections earworm isn’t just good for getting stuck in your head, it can also help save lives.

A video of a three-year-old girl successfully performing CPR is making the rounds, and while that’s impressive, the tot’s dad - who has worked as an EMT and firefighter for close to two decades - gives credit for her life-saving technique to the “Baby Shark” song.Chris Pietroforte shared the video of his little girl,Saige, as proof that anyone can learn CPR. Most folks know to use the beat of the song “Stayin’ Alive” while doing chest compressions, but kids who don’t know that song definitely know “Baby Shark,” which also works.

So while the song may be annoying, it can work to teach little ones how to save a life. “A good way to teach kids is by letting them pick their own song,” Pietroforte explains. Any song that is 100 to 120 beats per minute will work, and “Baby Shark” is one of them.


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