Before you had children there were probably many things you thought you would or wouldn’t do as a parent… and then you became a mother.
YOU HAVE INFINITE PATIENCE
While you may have lived life on full-speed prior to having children, it is almost impossible to operate at the same pace with a newborn in tow. Even the simplest of tasks becomes time-consuming with a baby. Having a child inevitably makes you stop and slow down, and teaches you patience you never knew you had.
YOU HAVE NO INHIBITION WHEN IT COMES TO EMBARRASSING SUBJECTS
From poo explosions to projectile vomit, you quickly become used to dealing with all matter of bodily fluids when you become a mother. And just when you think the worst is over, along comes potty training. There’s nothing like asking a stubborn little person if they need a ‘poo poo’ to bring you right back down to earth.
YOU DEVELOP A NEW LEVEL OF EMPATHY WITH OTHER WOMEN
Motherhood unites women. Whether it is trying to placate a screaming baby in a small crowded space, negotiating a toddler tantrum or desperately attempting to get a child to sleep, there are situations that every mother will experience. Having been through it before brings a deeper understanding of what another woman is feeling and sympathy that you might not have had previously.
YOU WILL FIND PRIORITISING EASY
Becoming a mother puts everything into perspective. Your children need you. It is a simple and unchangeable fact. Your choices are no longer just about you, which means that you will become very good at clarifying what is and isn’t important.
YOUR WARDROBE WILL CHANGE
While you don’t have to change your style, having a baby does require a wardrobe rethink. Practicality rules as a mother which means that flats win over heels and your go-to look will most likely become more pared back when you’re spending time with your kids – for no other reason than trying to chase children around a park in a Gucci skirt suit and stacked platforms is not easy.
YOU CAN SLEEPWALK
Even if you are blessed with a perfect sleeper, there is no escaping a bad night’s sleep as a parent. You will think of all the times you were ‘tired’ before having children and want to laugh (or cry). Having to face the world, look presentable and act sane on only a few hours sleep (sometimes for days in a row,) is let’s face it, torturous, and one of the inevitable rites of motherhood.
YOUR CHILDREN HAVE THEIR OWN PERSONALITIES
Who hasn’t fallen into the trap of looking at someone else’s child and thinking ‘I would never let my children do that/act like that’? That is until you become a mother and realise that you can’t actually mould your children’s personality. We’re not saying values and discipline are unimportant, but your children have their own mind, right from the start. So don’t be surprised if they would rather eat pizza than the kale, pumpkin and quinoa salad you served up for dinner.
YOU WILL ENTER THE (STRANGE) WORLD OF CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
From nursery rhymes to books to television shows to products. You will find yourself singing along to, reading, watching and buying the oddest things. Anything that saves you time, makes life easier or buys you a moment of peace will now feature as high as a Celine handbag on your must-have list. Bye bye new dress, hello Jumperoo.
YOU CAN LOVE A TINY PERSON SO UTTERLY AND COMPLETELY
No matter what you read or hear, the fierce, overwhelming strength of a mother’s love can still take you by surprise. That unique, unconditional, protective, all-encompassing love is the reason that no matter how your much your life changes when you have children you wouldn’t have it any other way.