It always feels strange to post when you haven’t for so long, but I just wrote this big long comment on a Huffington Post article entitled “5 Things I’d Really Like People With No Kids To Know” (I know, why – WHY did I even click on it? I think I genuinely thought it might be something other than it was, but it wasn’t). It’s an unoriginal “kids are such a pain” rant – directed at people who don’t have kids. This woman has a massive blind spot. When I went to submit my comment, I realized that you have to sign over all of your personal information – via Facebook (and you likely already know my feelings about Facebook) – in order to comment. So I didn’t. But now I have this comment that needs to be…commented. Unfortunately, none of the people who need to see it will see it. Oh well. Universe, here are my thoughts:
As a woman who has tried and failed for years to bring a child into the world, I’d like to give 5 gentle reminders to people with kids:
1. Every time you look at your child and see something of yourself or your partner, please be overwhelmed.
2. If you ever have the opportunity to go to an ultrasound appointment and hear a heartbeat, please be blown away.
3. I’m sure it’s difficult, but on those nights when your kids are keeping you up, please hold them close, listen to those cries and give thanks that those lungs are healthy, that this child is breathing, and of course, that this phase will pass.
4. I’m sure you miss going out, but let me assure you that while cocktail parties, travel and fine dining are nice, they feel emptier and emptier with each passing year that your arms remain empty. So please look at those little reasons you can’t go out, and try to imagine life without them.
5. Consider your audience, and please be mindful when complaining about parenting to people who do not have kids that there is a good chance that their hearts have been breaking day after day, year after year to have these problems. And maybe rein it in a little.