Having kids is the ultimate boot camp. Most parents can agree that most of your day is spent wearing multiple hats trying to make sure that everything gets done. In the span of only a few hours, a parent can go from Uber driver to chef, to personal care assistant. All of these jobs are unpaid of course with no tips.
4 Things You Get Better At When You Have Kids
Along with all these roles that you play throughout the day, however, comes some serious skills. Here are some of the superpowers that you can expect to attain once you become a parent.
Depending on how many kids you have an what age they are, your house can go from clean to bomb site in a matter of minutes. When your entire kitchen is turned upside down, and there are fingerprints on every square inch of the house, parents know how to power clean at lightning speeds.
Spills and stains are a part of their daily lifestyle, so while a normal person might gasp at the sight of grape juice falling on the carpet, a seasoned parent knows the best products for it, sprays it on, puts in some elbow grease, and it’s like the stain was never there.
They might as well be a professional laundry specialist too because when you have kids, washing clothes is no longer a once in a week activity. Their washing machines are going every single day full of all sorts of dirt and grime.
Raising kids is the equivalent of working a busy dinner shift for a restaurant full of demanding customers. One table needs their nose blown, while another table just pooped their pants. Meanwhile, table seven is about to stick a fork in the electrical outlet, so you had better run.
Finishing multiple tasks at the same time is a no-brainer for parents. They can cook, clean, juggle, and wash dishes all the same time without blinking an eye.
Sleeping Through Noise
Before parents were parents, they were often woken up by the slightest sound. However, when you have kids, screaming and distant television racket becomes a part of your everyday soundtrack.
Parents learn to tune out the noise and sleep through noise that would jolt a normal person out of their bed.
Since kids are often demanding tiny dictators, a parents job is to choose their battles. Over time they learn to take a deep breath and try to find their happy place during a grocery store tantrum.
The art of patience is learned through years of having to negotiate and explain. Eventually, the seasoned parent knows that if they got angry every time their kids acted up, they’d have no hair left in their head. They know not to sweat the small stuff.
Jenna is a freelance writer from Renton, WA who is particularly interested in travel, nature, and parenting. Follow her on Twitter.