How Children Change You

having children changes you

You don’t realize who you are.

You don’t realize what a selfish cow you are.

You don’t realize how much time you waste.

You don’t realize how little everything you “care” about matters.

You don’t realize what love is.

Until you have a child.

I remember making a Facebook post to the effect of “why didn’t anyone tell me it would be like this?! the love!” a month or so after my son was born. Immediately there were loads of responses from moms saying things like “would you have understood before?” and “you don’t ‘get it’ til you’re a parent” etc.

It’s really true.

Having a child changes you in so many ways.

The biggest one being your ability to love unconditionally and completely overpoweringly. It’s almost scary. No. Not almost. It’s scary. Realizing what love really is.

Before having kids you “intellectually know” what’s in store. A cute lil bundle of crazy, that you’ll kiss and care for and sacrifice for and whatnot. You know there will be long sleepless nights, gross things to clean up, tantrums to endure, lots of giggles, story time and so much more. You’re as “prepared” as you can be.

But until your child enters the world, you cannot truly “know” how incredibly changed you’ll be after they’ve arrived in your life.

john and roey born day

I’d cleaned up my lifestyle a long time before children came, and I was cruising along, livin’, thinking I was doin’ pretty well. Then little Rohan Thomas came along and changed my perspective. Not to say that I wasn’t doing ok at life, but now that there was something so much more important to live for.

My way of thinking changed when I had him. It’s like a switch flipped in my brain that now makes me think “baby first” and automatically put myself in second place.

My view of what success meant got flipped on its head.  It was driven by markers created socially, and then by markers of my own happiness. Now… Rohan’s happiness = success.

My selfishness got thrown out the window and my strength and restraint increased tenfold. It’s hard to be selfish when you’ve got to crawl, bleary eyed out of your warm bed to go clean and comfort a baby, covered in a vomit/diarrhea combo, who refuses to stop screaming. However, it’s easy and somehow un-burdensome to do it. I guess because it’s fueled by this unconditional love that this tiny human has blasted you with.

One surprising way I was changed after having my son was my rage. My mama bear instinct is super strong. It’s incredible how fast I turn huge and green and my clothes rip off, she-hulking me into cray cray protection mode. I already told you guys how I mushed that lady in Penn Station for bumping my baby.

My baby.

He made me stronger, he made me wiser, he made me rethink my values, rethink my life. He made me realize positive aspects of my personality I didn’t know I had, and some that I need to work on eradicating immediately for the good of all mankind.

Children change you. And all for the better. I’ll thank him for it one day. Or maybe I’ll just wait until he has a child of his own, when he can truly “get it” and thank him then.

How have your kids changed you?

At BlogHer’13 I had the opportunity to pre-screen Disney’s movie Delivery Man, starring (my boo) Vince Vaughn.  He plays a man named David that had his….deposits…at a sperm bank used 533 times resulting in tons of kids! He finds out in a hysterical way and we get to see his journey as he transitions from slacker delivery dude into his true self, a loving father of many, many kids.

It was one of those movies that has you cracking up one second then saying “aawwww” and getting misty the next. And Vince Vaughn was awesome in it.

Delivery Man is coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on March 25.  Bring it home and check it out!! (533 times, perhaps?)

And now I’ve got a sweepstakes for ya!

To win a $100 Visa Gift Card, tell me how your kids have changed you for the better. Good luck!

Sweepstakes Rules: No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods: Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winner will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here. This sweepstakes runs from 3/20/14 – 4/17/14. Be sure to visit the Delivery Man page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win! 

 

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Mom of two, Wife, Life & Wellness Coach, Blogger, Writer, Laughter lover, Motivator, Quasi Health Nut, Vacation Addict, Hair Care Junkie, Beach Bum Wannabe. Writes about parenting, wellness, and marriage here and on other sites.

About Dani

Mom of two, Wife, Life & Wellness Coach, Blogger, Writer, Laughter lover, Motivator, Quasi Health Nut, Vacation Addict, Hair Care Junkie, Beach Bum Wannabe.
Writes about parenting, wellness, and marriage here and on other sites.

  • AprilD

    I had a moment after reading this. I don’t have kids so I’m not going to enter but I do know that simply considering having them has made me do a ton of research. I noticed that every birthing video I watched you could actually see the moment that the mother’s face went from a pure heightened sense of pain to love washing over them and instantly forgetting the pain they just endured. Truly a beautiful moment :)

    • MM

      I’m not a mother yet. Being the last of my friends to have a child, I must say and I tell them this as well, that is my most favorite part as well. Just seeing the immense love and awe these children bring to their parents life. It’s truly a miracle!

  • 618mo
  • 618mo

    Having kids has made me appreciate life a lot more
    vandenbossche3@hotmail.com

  • http://lifeofabrother-nylse.blogspot.com nylse

    Having children made me wiser and empathetic. Two totally different things that I did not think I had the capacity to possess until children came along.

  • Elena

    having kids made me more patient
    elena150980@yahoo.com

    • http://msbabyplan.blogspot.com/ TOI

      Yesterday while I was driving up and down the streets of my city my
      mother commented “You are more patient now that you are a mother.” That
      was such a compliment to a person like me who was impatient in every
      chosen task.

      Being a mother is such a blessing.

  • Elena
  • http://www.soshewritesbymissdre.com/ Dre Davis

    Having children has definitely changed me for the better. Like you mentioned, the unconditional love factor was one I never fully understood before. Now I know what it means to truly love someone with every fiber of my being no matter what. Becoming a mother also turned me into a chronic worrier though, lol. I’m always reading, researching, and wondering “what if” all the time!

    Great post, Dani!

  • bellagirl07

    Having kids does change you . You remember what is was like to be a child yourself what it was like to believe in Santa again.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

  • mami2jcn

    Having children has made me appreciate the small moments. Before I had kids, I seemed to be in a rush all the time and anxious to move onto the next thing. Now I wish I could freeze time.

  • mami2jcn

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/446767977422000128

  • Rachel Henthorn

    Having my little girl has changed me soo much!! I live for her everyday and cherish every second with her! I love watching her grow up and learn everything so far! She has gave me a reason to wake up and enjoy life with her <3

  • Lauren Eggers

    My daughter has made me more patient and loving. neyabenz(at)gmail(dot)com

  • cynthiac

    My children changed my focus from me to them. Being responsible for someone else is an awesome responsibility.

  • cynthiac
  • Natalie

    My niece and nephew have taught me to appreciate the people in my life and recognize the importance of relationships. They also have taught me to make a conscious effort to be happy and pleasure the little things in life. They have taught me not to take life too seriously and don’t sweat the small stuff.

  • margaretsmith

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/447123976267902976
    Thanks again.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

  • Ronda

    A parent never stops caring and praying

  • Jessica Holybee

    My child has taught my patients.

  • Anastasia

    My kids have taught me better critical thinking as well as better compromising :) I need both in order to watch out for my kids best interest, as well as balancing freedom with good choices :)

  • Anastasia
  • onefrugalgirl
  • onefrugalgirl

    My heart has opened wider than I ever could have imagined.

  • Thomas Gibson

    My daughter has taught me how to love others and to take things simple.

  • steve weber

    I don’t have kids..

  • susan1215

    Having kids does change you . I has made me more patient and loving. You remember what is was like to be a child yourself
    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

  • susan1215
  • sarahhirsch

    my kids have changed me for the better because i try to be a good
    example and role model for them, so i am more aware of doing the right
    things at the right times.

  • mickeyfan

    When I had kids, I learned what unconditional love is. I learned that even 30 years later, you still worry. And I learned the best thing about having kids is GRANDkids!

  • hawkshoe

    Having kids has taught me not to stress over the small stuff.

  • paigechandler

    They have given me patience, understanding, and the ability to unconditional love.

  • lazybones344

    Its made me more responsible and concerned about the future of the country.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  • Richard Hicks

    They have taught me to have lots of patience and given me new perspective on life.

  • Richard Hicks
  • HilLesha O’Nan

    My children taught me selflessness and unconditional love. :)

  • Lisa Brown

    Having children has taught me patience, which was a big
    problem for me. You cannot be impatient with children at all, and with my new-found
    patience, it has made other areas of my life better, especially relationships
    with others. I find the care of children rewarding and watching them grow and
    change is wonderful.

  • Lisa Brown

    my tweet -https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/447706048741117952

  • Tamar

    Yes, they’ve given me a newfound appreciation for life..
    I was pretty depressed until I met my husband and then had my children. I am so happy with them.

  • http://www.busyworkingmama.com/ BusyWorkingMama

    I can see the happiness, wonder and beauty in the world through my daughter’s eyes. It is amazing the little things you appreciate with a child in your life.

  • seaburd

    my kids have given me a sense of adventure. They are always willing to try new things and explore . I have been able to branch out doing new for me things like ice skating, swing dancing,and scuba all because of them

  • Desiree H

    Tweet with requirements: https://twitter.com/heavensangel238/status/448273407201648640
    Faithrains2387 (At) yahoo.com Thank you!

  • Desiree H

    We tried for a year to have a baby, and then finally found out we were having twins. They have changed our lives for the better. My husband and I have gotten closer to God because of the things we went through trying to get pregnant and my son being in the Nicu (5 weeks early).
    We do not drink anymore, we are more patient, we both appreciate the little things in life more, and we just dedicate our lives and time to our kids. They are such a blessing and truly are the GREATEST gift!!
    Thank you!!
    faithrains2387 (At) Yahoo.com

  • mommyto2girlz

    My girls have made me stronger. They’ve taught me that I am strong enough
    to stand up for myself and them. I have to be willing to go that extra mile for
    them because no one else will. I can’t stand back and not say anything like I use to because I don’t want anyone hurting my child. Thank you!

    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

  • JessieC

    They taught me sharing is a blessing.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  • JessieC

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/448662115625099264

  • http://kaizenfashionproject.blogspot.com/ Heather S

    My kiddos have taught me to not take myself or life too seriously :)
    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

  • Nadine L

    Having my daughter made me a more patient person. I was always pretty patient, but with her I learned to make sure I slowed down and enjoy every moment and wait for things, most everything is worth the wait

  • Nadine L
  • maryagloro

    I am more accepting of others now that I have raised children

  • Joni Dolniak

    Beside keeping me active, I became a responsible person.

  • Joni Dolniak
  • rachel

    It made me find a community.

  • hewella1

    My daughter taught me patience and unconditional love.

  • sexybrat

    My kids taught me patience.

  • Dericka Sweepstaking

    My kids taught how to be a more responsible person.

  • sandra

    i’m able to relate to others better

  • D Schmidt

    Having children changed me
    in so many ways, I definitely became less selfish but more importantly I
    realized I had to take better care of myself because I was responsible for more
    than just my happiness in life.

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

  • D Schmidt
  • tina m

    they made me a better person and stronger

  • tina m
  • shannon

    I’m so much less judgmental, parenting is humbling! I do NOT have all the answers.

  • shannon
  • Courtney Bella

    my kids really taught me how to love. I dont think i truley loved people until i had my children

  • Courtney Bella
  • Joe GErsch

    my daughter showed me how to be patient

  • amypugmire

    I am not selfish anymore, I put others first and to enjoy life! amypugmire@live.com

  • amypugmire
  • jalapenomama

    Having the kids has helped me learn to trust my own judgement – a big step for me.
    thank you

  • jalapenomama
  • http://asahmlookingforadeal.blogspot.com/ Cori Westphal

    My kids have taught me a lot of patience that I was lacking before!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  • http://asahmlookingforadeal.blogspot.com/ Cori Westphal
  • Wanda McHenry

    I only have a furbaby, I was unfortunate and couldn’t carry. But, she is our joy and she brings so much love and happiness to our life.

  • Wanda McHenry
  • helobuff

    I raised my nephew my sister died.. what a blessing kids are.. they keep childhood alive and keep you going.

  • helobuff
  • Terri Moore

    My kids changed me for the better because they made me want to put them first and love them no matter what was going on in our busy days. I cherish the memories and thank them for it.

  • mysweetiepiepie

    I’ve learned a lot about patience and the healing powers of laughter.

  • Kerry

    tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/453685288129163264
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

  • tara pittman

    I have learn to lead by example with my kids

  • tara pittman
  • msrodeobrat

    My kids made me more creative. They brought back my playful side
    Addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

  • gkran

    They have made me a more giving person.

  • maria cantu

    to put others needs first
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

  • Misty Lunceford

    They have showed me how to pause and enjoy the little things in life!

  • Misty Lunceford
  • cw

    My daughter has helped me live in the now and see the world through a child’s eyes….ahhh the wonder!

  • Lisa Pecora

    I have changed for the better by putting someone else first & caring more.
    motioncitycutie(at)aol(dot)com

  • Julie

    I have changed for the better by putting others before myself and being more patient. Thanks for the giveaway aunteegem@yahoo.com

  • Lisa Voyce

    Because I had my daughter at such a young age, I had to grow up quite quickly and become a responsible adult and parent.

  • Seyma Shabbir

    I have 2 sons, 4 and 6. They have taught me to be more patient.

  • Betty Curran

    I learned to stand up for them when my nature is to avoid confrontation at all costs. The things that I would have overlooked for myself had to be addressed when it involved my children.
    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Betty Curran

    Tweet – https://twitter.com/willitara/status/455590954821357568
    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Anna Pry

    my kids have made me less selfish and more patient pryfamily5@gmail.com

  • Anna Pry
  • neiddy

    My kids inspire me to see the fun side of life.
    neiddyruiz@gmail.com

  • neiddy
  • Douglas Houston

    My kid has taught me that being a parent is hard, exhausting work. Fun and frustrating at the same time. I may sound remorseful but I wouldn’t miss out on seeing my kid grow up for the world.

  • Douglas Houston
  • bellows22

    i learned that everything doesn’t have to be perfect!

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Michelle Dorman Jacobsen

    I learned to be more patient and understanding with people who have disabilities.

  • Wild Orchid

    My son has made me a much more patient person, and he makes me take the time to stop and appreciate the little things.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  • Wild Orchid

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/456013026731499521

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  • Nancy Hall

    They make you slow down and see the world in from a different view. It seems that until you have kids you don’t appreciate the little things…..things you used to just walk by and never gave a thought to.

  • Nancy Hall
  • clynsg

    By seeing the wonder in even some not so great things–like bugs!

  • nicolegreene

    My kids have made me to constantly strive to be the best mom I can…I quit smoking 5 years ago for them…I’m always trying to set a positive example for them.

  • nicolegreene
  • Daniel M

    I don’t have kids but always fun when the niece & nephew come over

  • erica best

    i do not have kids but i take care on my nephew alot

  • erica best
  • Tabathia

    They have brought so much love and joy to me that they have made me a better human being

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • Tabathia
  • Harmony B

    My kids made me realize what and who are important to have in my life and to appreciate every moment.

    njharmonyg at aol dot com

  • testsurv

    I don’t have kids just yet. Someday!

  • Karen Drake

    My kids have changed me for the better by making me see life through their young eyes, kids are so positive and see the best in life and other people, I also learned to have more patience.

  • Deb C

    My kids have taught me to slow down and take the stop and smell the roses philosophy so to speak.

  • Estela Sagredo

    I’ve learned to be patient, and to try to live in the moment. They really do grow too fast.

  • lancepearson

    I quit smoking for my little 4 year old daughter because she asked me. After 26 years of the habit I kicked it for her..I want to see her grow up!

  • mariem howard

    I feel like having kids made me live in the moment, and taught me what was really important. Being a mom is the best thing in my life. I love my kids more than anything on earth.
    4mariemh atgmaildot com

  • Tanya Bartlett

    They have changed me for the better by teaching me to live in the moment

  • Bruce Vrana

    Teaching me time management skills

  • Ellie W

    My kids have changed me completely. The minute I had my first son I knew that the world wasn’t all about me anymore. For the first time I experienced true selflessness. I have 3 grown sons and 2 grandsons now and they are the most important things in the world to me.

  • Ellie W
  • Janice Cooper

    Learn to be more patient and understanding

  • Janice Cooper
  • Maria Simon

    I CANT IMAGINE MY LIFE WITHOUT MY CHILDREN..I THOUGHT I HAD PATIENCE AND LOVE BEFORE…NO…UNLESS YOU HAVE CHILDREN YOU HAVE NO CLUE..IT IS SUCH A JOY AND BLESSING FROM GOD

  • Sky Evans

    They taught me joy.

  • Francine Anchondo

    They have taught me to appreciate the little things and patience.

    fmd518 at gmail dot com

  • AmandaSakovitz

    They have taught me to be patient
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

  • AmandaSakovitz
  • susansmoaks

    my kids have changed my life for the better by showing me how to enjoy the little things in life. life is too short to be mad, just smile and have a good time.

  • http://ladykristianna.blogspot.com/ Kristin Duncan

    I have learned to be less selfish.

  • Thomas Murphy

    My kids have made my alot more responsible and caring.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

  • Thomas Murphy
  • ccrepressie

    I learned how to love unconditionally.

    Charity S

  • ccrepressie
  • Mihaela Day

    My kids taught me love, patience and responsibility :)

  • slehan

    I’ve never had kids. I think they teach you to live in the moment.

    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  • slehan
  • mail4rosey

    Having kids made me far less selfish, and that’s a very good thing.

  • mail4rosey
  • CandieL

    I have learned that they do not care if I am not perfect. Thank you

  • tinareynolds

    I understand love so much more and the future is even more important I have a million times more patience. I also use to wish for time to fly by (growup) and now I wish it would slow down.

  • tinareynolds
  • Pixel Berry Pie

    I’ve learned that a little bit of love can go a LONG ways!

  • Pixel Berry Pie
  • Tamara

    Mine have taught me patience and other ways of seeing life.

  • Lee

    Made me more responsible.

    hlee99 at gmail dot com

  • Lee
  • AshleyTucker

    I do not have kids.

  • AshleyTucker