Being a parent is a privilege unlike anything else. Babies start out as wonderful little peanuts, then before you know it, they’re talking back and spending all your money. Now don’t get me wrong; I love my kids as much as any other parent, but no one tells you how scary parenting can be. If y’all don’t know what I’m talking about, you obviously haven’t had kids yet. Keep reading to learn the scariest parts of being a parent.
Your bank account will never look the same
Yep, you read that right. Even if you spent years planning for a kid financially, your kids will take every bit of it. Whether it’s braces, school activities, college, sports, clothes, food, or bail, you’re going to need to adopt a frugal lifestyle before you know it. There’s nothing wrong with spoiling your kids occasionally; I know I’ve done it. But there comes a time when you have to ask yourself, “Is this really necessary?” Instead of buying them something unnecessary, reward yourself with some new shoes. Your bank account still won’t look the same, but hey, now you have some cute shoes!
Believe it or not, they grow up eventually
Any parent, especially mothers, will tell you that one of the hardest things you do as a parent is let go. Eventually, your kids will grow up, go to school, get their first job, and move out. Accepting that can be difficult but also scary. I always worry about my kids, and even though I trust they’ll make the right decision, it doesn’t make it any less scary. Plus, who knows if they’ll come home with a tattoo that doesn’t wash off.
You’ve heard about the terrible twos, and you may have been through it already, but let me tell you—nothing is scarier than raising a teenager. In fact, raising a teen is the hardest thing you’ll ever do. They think the world revolves around them, they talk back, their friends are sometimes questionable, and don’t get me started on the boyfriends and girlfriends. I always try to remember how I felt when I was a teenager, and I’d be lying if I said it was much different.
Teaching your kid to drive is terrifying
If y’all have never had to teach a kid to drive, your blood pressure is likely lower than mine. I think it’s because all of us have our way of driving. That’s where the old “where’d you learn to drive?” saying came from. However, once I learned how to teach a kid to drive, the process was a lot easier. I still saw my life flash before my eyes a few times, but that’s beside the point. If you can, politely ask your significant other to teach the kids how to drive instead.
Like I said, having kids is a wonderful and beautiful thing, but it’s also scary. The worst part is I mentioned only a few of the scariest parts of being a parent, and I’m not even joking. If you aren’t a parent yet, just wait until it’s your turn—you’ll see what I mean.