Becoming a parent is one of the most rewarding experiences life can offer. As a mom each day is an new adventure; some are filled with laughter, some are filled with chaos, but most are filled with both. The majority of the chaos stems from daily tasks that come along with the job of being a parent. These tasks test our patience, drive us crazy, and make the simplest action feel like you’re trying to figure out an algorithm without any mathematical training.
These obligations I could definitely do without and after surveying dozens of parents; apparently I’m not alone. Here are some tasks that parents say they would be happy to never have to do again:
- Washing Bottles– What’s with all the parts? And those brushes that spray you in the face when you pull them from inside the bottle? I will never take my dishwasher for granted again. This was the number one complaint of most parents.
- Changing Diapers – Changing diapers sucks at all stages. Period.
- Putting Their Shoes On. How are you supposed to fit marshmallow man feet into those tiny shoes? I use the twist and shove method.
- Cutting Finger / Toe Nails – With paper thin nails and ninja reflexes, cutting their nails can be terrifying.
- Dressing Them – Once again, having to shove body parts into tiny pieces of clothing isn’t fun.
- Feeding Them – Food ends up everywhere else but their mouth.
- Bath Time – One question: Is bath time more for them or for you because I always end up soaked as well.
- Putting Them In Car Seats – Between planking, screaming and wiggling, sometimes I’d just rather stay home.
- Cleaning Baby Gear – How does a baby manage to fill every square inch of their high chair with something disgusting.
- Cleaning a Baby’s Neck – You never know what’s lurking in those fat rolls. Beware.
- Giving Medicine via Syringes – At least half of the liquid drips down their face and becomes a sticky hot mess.
- Doing Laundry – Every day. 24 /7.
- Leaving The House – Might as well pack a suitcase with all the stuff you need to take and don’t plan on being on time. Ever. But you know what sucks worse? Leaving the house in winter.
- Bedtime Routines – Bath, jammies, water, pee, story, water, pee, water, another story, more water, sleep.
- Cutting Food Into a Thousand Pieces – Most pieces end up on the floor, in your dog’s stomach, or wedged into a crevice in the high chair.
- Doctors Appointments – Their fever or symptoms seemed to miraculously disappear once you arrived, or your kid has to get shots and hates you the rest of the day.
- Helping With Homework – This only tends to make me feel stupid.
- Brushing Teeth – They usually swallow the toothpaste before a single tooth gets brushed.
- Wiping Their Nose – The snot usually ends up all over their face.
- Teaching Them To Aim – This applies to boys. Constantly wiping urine up off the floor, wall, and toilet seat is not my idea of a good time.
One or two of these tasks would be manageable, however all of these are usually a daily occurrence for most parents. At the end of each day when the kids are finally asleep, give yourself a pat on the back because you, my friend, made it through another day. Kudos.
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