Happy National Parents’ Day!
To celebrate, we thought it would be fun to talk to some of our own KidPass parents and ask them a few questions. Read on to see what they said!
What’s the most unexpected thing about being a parent?
“Being able to patiently answer questions that start with what and end with several whys.”
—Jhantelle, mom to LJ, 4 years old
“How hard it is to be away from him.”
—Lisa, mom to Dean, 22 months old
“You are no longer just you. There’s a tiny human that’s now an extension of you, and it’s everything and more.”
—Nina, mom to Ella, 2 ½ years old
What’s your favorite thing about being parent?
“Getting unsolicited “I love yous” with hugs and kisses from your child.”
“So many things! If I have to pick one, it’s seeing him experience something for the first time.”
“Making an actual human is pretty mind-blowing. Also watching your little creation become their own person with their own personality is incredible.”
What’s something you would like to tell your pre-child self?
“It’s perfectly fine to sleep in on the weekends.”
“You think you’ll miss your independence, but you won’t.”
“Stay out late, sleep in late, do what you want, and nothing at all. Don’t feel guilty about any of it.”
What advice do you have for new parents?
“Some days are tougher than others, but it always gets better. They grow up too fast so be present as much as you can!”
“Babies can change literally overnight, and a challenge one week can resolve itself the next week. You are not in control of it, and just need to ride it out! It’s usually just a phase. And in the beginning, you’re in survival mode—just do whatever you can to survive.”
“Your life changes, but not everything has to. if you love to travel, keep traveling. If you love to brunch, keep brunching. Your kids will follow you blindly and embrace whatever experiences you expose them to.”
How would you answer these questions? We’d love to know!