on what (actually) I hate about being a parent

Studying over lunch
I have a theory (I always have a theory): the things we hate about parenting are the things we hate about life.

I might say I hate this or I hate that in this world (injustice! suffering!), but when it comes to raising my kids, what do I really hate?

All the f@$%ing doctor’s appointments.

Optometrists. Dentists. Filling out the forms and getting together all the documents and putting them in a folder, and then going down to enroll in school and finding out there is a new form and going back home and filling it out and going back again.

It’s stupid stuff to hate. But I do. And the more I think about it, it’s those things- those mundane obligations- that I really just can’t stand about life, either. At least right now.

Parenthood is so definitely not for everyone. But it has a habit of magnifying life, making the whole world so small you can see it in your own house if you keep your eyes open.

I mostly don’t. But maybe I’ll try again tomorrow.

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One thought on “on what (actually) I hate about being a parent

  1. Good observation. And I’d have to agree–filling out forms in triplicate is the worst (having three kids in school really emphasizes how duplicative all of their paperwork is!!).

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