by Tara Pringle Jefferson
I have a confession: I think it’s harder being a parent than it is to be childless.
Since I have two kids, I no longer know what it’s like to be childless. Every single day I’m reminded just how demanding this gig really is. Just the simple act of keeping a child ALIVE can sap all the energy out of you. I see some childless couples – who yes, have very busy lives – and I still think, “Man, you don’t know how good you have it.” I love my kids and I’m soo glad they are in my life, but you do have to admit that being childless = some sort of freedom.
Without kids, you are free to come home and sit down after work if you so choose. If you don’t want to eat dinner, cool. No one else there to worry about.
Kind of similar to my post on married vs. singles, I don’t necessarily think I’m better than my childless friends. But I can openly admit that I think my life is harder. There. I said it. But do I think I’m better than them? Hmmm, maybe? I mean, if I think my life is harder, then that means that I feel like I do more, that my daily obligations are more important. Even if they are the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and they are juggling other roles as well, if “mom” or “dad” isn’t on that list, I still feel like my life is just as hard, if not harder. Maybe I’m making two different points – does harder necessarily mean better?
Help me make some sense of this post. (LOL) What do you think? Is it harder being a parent than it is to be childless? Speak your piece in the comments.
Tara Pringle Jefferson is a freelance writer living in Ohio with her husband and two children. Visit her blog, www.theyoungmommylife.com, to read more of her observations about life, motherhood and love.
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