I have been a parent for almost 11 years now and I will be one of the first people to tell you that parenting can suck. Yes, blunt and to the point, I know, but that is how I roll. Parenting is a literal crap shoot. A throw of the dice. There is no right way to do it, you just kind of hope, pray, place your bet and hope you don’t lose everything. Everyone will tell you that parenting is this magical, heart-warming thing that can never be explained unless you’ve experienced it and that is true, sometimes. However, parenting can suck and it’s ok to say so!
Parenting is the equivalent to the worst job EVER. I mean, seriously, think about it.
The hours are horrible:
You are on-call 24/7 and you barely ever get a day off. There is no PTO, vacation time and you don’t even know what a “sick day” is.
There is none. No hourly, no salary. In fact, you may have to work ANOTHER job to bring in an income.
No healthcare, no promotions, no meals, no breaks (until the kids start school, HALLELUJAH), oh and little to no respect from the people you work for.
They are endless. You will constantly be cleaning up after someone else, cooking someone else’s meals, driving people around, running people’s errands, scheduling people’s appointments, helping people with their projects, doing other people’s laundry and trying to hold it all together, while trying not to fall apart yourself.
Yes, parenting can suck and its ok to say so. I say it all the time. Parenting also has its good moments, so it’s not all bad, but it’s not all cupcakes and rainbows either, folks. Parenting is hard as hell. It has its ups, it has it’s down and it is constantly changing and evolving. Yes, I have been a parent for almost 11 years and no, I still don’t know how to do it right. No one does! Just do the best that you can with what you have and try not to, completely, lose your mind in the process.