It will be like you're undergoing happy hour hypnosis therapy for the first six weeks. You won't even miss the quick drink with a friend at first. But once you settle into your routine and you can find time for a night out...you will never hear the words "last call" again. At least not for a very long time.
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Also, just because I miss closing out the bar does NOT mean I'm irresponsible or selfish, ungrateful, stupid or any other things I've read here. It means I miss closing the bar!! I also miss going to the bathroom with the door closed. Having a child has definitely ruined that whole experience for me. Does it mean I regret my child? No. Don't be silly. People get all nutty and puff up with all the indignity of insulted parents. Get over it, read the list while thinking of things you used to be able to do before you were parents and have a giggle. Stop preaching about how wonderful your life has been, how wonderful it should be for others and how wrong this whole list is. People will have/not have children based on what they believe/feel. I sincerely doubt they would rely on a funny little list found on MSN.
I'm glad to see that every comment so far is contradicting this article. Can't wear white?? Really??? HOw petty!!!!
Is having kids a big commitment??? DUH!! YES!!!! ANyone fool enough to have kids withuot kowing what's involved deserves it when they find out they have to change thier lifestyle. This article should have started "DO you think you have what it takes to be a parent? Read this. If even one of these is too much for you to give up or compromise, then don't have a baby. But if you're serious about being a parent, then none of these should faze you"
Only 8?! Now here is the 1,000,000 reasons your life will be better...
As a parent its hard to not have a laugh or two at a few of the changes you have to make but if you read this and change your mind about having kids as the author suggests, then the world is a better place without you reproducing.
If you're worried about missing Desperate Housewives, not being able to "close out the bar" and wearing (unpractical) white pants, I think you have some maturing to do before you have a child.
And if you are a parent who worries about these things, I fear for your inability to prioritize what's important in life.
Ahaha this is hilarious. I read it to my mom and she asked if "drink hot coffee" was on there :P (btw I'm 20 years old and my mom is 56 and a great parent).
It's obviously a joke guys, calm down. I feel bad for the person who takes this too seriously.
@Rumpy You know, you're pretty ignorant to the fact that not everyone wants to have children. I have chosen not to breed. Does that mean I have/want a life with no responsibilities?
It's also sad that you think that the only way someone can have purpose in life is by having kids.
You need to keep in mind that they aren't for everyone. And you should be thankful there are people out there with the foresight to not go down that road.
@ Rumpy..Whoa! I almost missed the epitome of ignorant comments there...
First of all like Mike Miller (+10000 Mike Miller) says people have their reasons for not wanting children it doesnt make them selfish or irresponsible...whats selfish and irresponsible is having children for the sake of having them and not being able to provide them withthe nutruting and love they need...not all mothers are good mothers and having ababy doesnt necessarily mean a praty animal will change her ways...for some all it means is that there is someone else who will suffer as a result of her choice of lifestyle..and really should women like that be having children...no they should only have kids when they themselves have calmed down and are stable.
You clearly do not know what you are talking about..also are you living in the Dark Ages? How is having kids a prerequisite for having a purpose in life????? Smarten up!
I thought this article was good for a chuckle. My best friend just had a baby not too long ago and after listening to her (although she hasn't had much for issues while talking on the phone yet) I've heard her complain about each of these things. And she'd add wearing jewellery onto the list after her munchkin ripped her necklace apart last week!
But even so, she's also the happiest I've ever seen her. Nothing is perfect, and there's nothing wrong with poking fun at the more frustrating things. But it doesn't diminish how great it is :)
Well this article out to enrage all the stay at homes out there. I will tell you this, "IF" you had a life prior to having kids, the day that kid gets here, it does truly all go out the window!
However, as they get older, you get glimpses of 'old life' back from time to time. The key is putting them down early so that you can still enjoy the evenings with your significant other, or by yourself.
Also, if your kid is your ENTIRE life, you might want to think about going outside more often. Just sayin'
Not to come off entirely wrong, I love my kid more than life itself. She ever needs a kidney, or college tuition. I'm there. However, dropping her off at the grandparents, and going out for a nice dinner and a few drinks, is so awesome it hurts.
I find it pretty pathetic that you had to bring one life into this world in order to fix your own....people with screwed up lives should change themselves first...I do commend you though on getting better but still....very irresponsible to get preggo when you're not stable as you did imply in so many words that your life was not stable...
the writer is probably one of the people that says theres no time to go to the gym when you work
I usually never take the time to comment on articles and stuff like this but I just had to speak out on this one. This article is just the demonstration of what is wrong with society today and how the media is trying to distort a womens mind into getting us to believe that having children is the end of all, this is stupid!!!! If your life isn't more than closing out the bar and watching TV without interruptions than I feel sorry for such women, because thats a sad life and I can gurantee that such women feel empty, disatisfied and unfullfiled. I am a mother of 2 and my life now has purpose and meaning. My life gets to influence a child who will eventually become and adult who will benifit society, and that is purpose. Nothing can ever come close to that, not a career, money or social status. Because of articles such as these we have pregnant teenagers who run to abortion clinics and risk their lives because they believe self centered and selfish women who rather keep wearing white clothing while their conscience is black. This articles was just stupid and extremely disturbing.