I'm surprised every week by what it's like to be a parent. I never expected it to round my life out in such a healthy way, both mentally and physically. Not just because I have offspring but because I'm doing a ton of things I haven't done in years, decades.
One of the great things in being a parent is that I can once more forget myself for hours when building snow castles or burrowing tunnels into a snow mountain at the end of the street, and no one bats an eye 'because kids'. Having kids also changes you in a way that you once more remember how awesome that was in the first place.
There are effects of this morning routine, which I cannot directly explain, that make my upcoming work day so easy and productive.
Being a parent also gives you a great excuse to finally buy that drone!
Frack, you're winning at parenting. I'm a dad and have never ever even once thought of it in those terms. I've never once thought, "thank goodness I'm a parent, it gives me something physical to do."
One should absolutely have a diverse set of skills and interest and knowledge, but it's also important to pick one or two things to truly master.
Parenting is absolutely a vocation, and your perspective toward it is quite refreshing.
This reminds me of that write-up that tried to put a price on a stay-at-home parent by listing all the activities they do, looking at the price of a specialist, and adding it up. I'm bookmarking yours for future conversations like that since it's shorter, has more activities, and is more fun to read. :)
She retired (at the old age of 29) to be a full-time mom. I found a job where I work 100% from home.
We have not attempted to quantify our decision. All we had to do was discuss it qualitatively and it was a no-brainer.
My oldest just turned 2, my youngest is almost 3 months. These are the greatest times of our lives. Why would I want to miss this for anything? No amount of money can replace these extra long mornings, lunchtime park/toboggan hill outings, and 4pm Mom-induced visits from my toddler who runs into my office, grabs my hand, and guides me to his building blocks.