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Has Becoming a Parent Ruined You?

Has Becoming a Parent Ruined You?

Before adventuring into parenthood, I had concerns that having a child would ruin aspects of my life or my career. Since becoming a parent, I have accepted a lot of changes.

I’ve had mornings where I’ve already had more costume changes than a Cher Concert, and somehow still get to work with “stuff” on me. I’ve had dark circles under my eyes from lack of sleep, which I’m sure are viewed as being a bit unprofessional. Sometimes I’ve found it hard to stay focused in meetings because it has been months since I’ve had a good night’s sleep. Then, there’s the fact that it takes me hours to get everything ready and be out the door for work (or anything else, really).

Even with all of the chaos, craziness, and lack of sleep, being a parent is the most amazing job anyone can have. While I’ve only been a parent for a short time, it has definitely ruined me for my life pre-parent.  It is hard to remember what life was like pre-baby—I vaguely remember a time when life was flexible, we didn’t have to base our whole day around a child, traveling cross-country was a breeze, and we could eat out at a restaurant without severe embarrassment. Back in those days, I didn’t feel like a pack horse every time I left the house–now it’s a light day if I have only three bags in hand.

I also didn’t have such joy. Now I am be proud of every, single, little accomplishment my child makes. Now, I have the warm, snuggly cuddles of my little girl. I have giggles that turn around the worst day. I have A LOT of what is truly important in life.

My clothes don’t often stay clean (to be fair, I’m a bit klutzy, so the situation just escalated a bit).  I don’t have rested eyes. My mostly perfect attendance record has a few more imperfections in it. Dinners at fancy restaurants are a thing of the past. I traded in my good job for the life of an entrepreneur, so that I could have more flexibility.

Choosing between my past lifestyle and the new one, I’d choose being a parent every time.

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What is your favorite part of parenting? What are some of your funny parenting stories? Did you trade in your career, change paths, or make any changes when you became a parent?

A USA manufacturing advocate, an idealist, a champion for women, a believer in good, a corporate survivor, a spreadsheet and organizational junkie, a healthy living proponent, a wife, a mother, and an entrepreneur. She took her 15 years of retail and corporate merchandising experience, coupled her passion for the American dream and hard-working women, mixed in an inspiring figure (Rosie the Riveter of course), and created rosieMADE LLC. Find on .

1 Comment

  1. Tania - July 30, 2013, 10:20 am Reply

    Amen sister! If you are doing it right, parenthood is the hardest job in the world (hands down), but it is also the most rewarding. Those unconditional loves and hugs and snuggles will break any bad mood. The words “Mommy, I love you!” beats any good day at work. The compliments I get from other people are just the encouragement I get that it is all worth it (the sleepless nights, the exhaustion of consistent discipline, the many, many sacrifices). I love being a mom, too. It truly is the best job ever!! 🙂

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