Parents Are Boring

Parents are boring.

At least the ones who care about nothing except being a parent are. I care about my kids, but they’re not all I care about.

Nor should they be.

Many parents, upon becoming a mom or a dad, allow themselves to be consumed by their new role. At the expense of their personalities, their social lives, even their sanity.parenting regrets, parenting, regrets, dad and buried, dad bloggers, mommy bloggers, mike julianelle, carseat, babywearing, breastfeeding, spanking, fatherhood, family, kids, life, lifestyle, funny, humor, moms, motherhood, dads

It’s one of the reasons I started this blog: I was sick of seeing friends disappear from my life, sick of watching their personalities get replaced with parenting manuals. It’s like watching someone get snatched by a cult. I hate cults. So when I became a dad, I was determined to resist being brainwashed and to maintain my identity.

Now that I have a second kid, I’m more determined than ever. My children are my top priority but they are not my only priority. Thank god.

Not only are we parents not as important as we think we are, and not only is our obsession with parenting perfectly unrealistic and unnecessary, it’s also bad for us.

Sure, sure, kids are fulfilling. Family is fulfilling. Raising your children is the most important thing you’ll ever do. Blah blah blah. True as that may be – and I’m willing to concede that yeah, it’s pretty true – that doesn’t mean a little diversification will hurt. You need to take breaks from parenting for the same reason you take vacations from any other job: to prevent burnout.

I’m not only suspicious of anyone who is all about their kids 24/7/365, I’m flat-out bored by them. They are unlikely to be my friend because if they’re that consumed with parenting then they’re unlikely to have much to offer me. Yes, parenting provides a lot of common ground, it’s fodder for small talk and ice-breaking the same way that sports and music and the latest episode of “Game of Thrones” are. But if there’s only one thing you’re able to or interested in talking about, your relationships are going to dry up pretty quickly.

Parents who do nothing but parent their kids, and care about nothing but parenting and their kids, and talk about nothing but parenting their kids, are the reason people hate parents. They are the reason people think parents are boring.

Anyone who is only one thing is boring! To other people, probably to themselves, eventually even to their kids. Don’t be only one thing. Be more than just a parent.

I don’t care it if it’s parenting, your career, the novel you’re writing, the marathon you’re training for, the video game you’re trying to solve, or whatever; devoting all of your energy to one thing, at the expense of any other aspects of your life, is not healthy. You’ll never have balance that way. Not with those guys. Not with Ali. Not with me.

So make choices for yourself every once in a while. You’re allowed! You’re entitled! You deserve it!parenting, funny, humor, party planning, hangover, dad and buried, funny, humor, dad bloggers, mommy bloggers, motherhood, fatherhood, winter, stress, kids, family, entertainment, boredom, dad bloggers, mommy bloggers, funny, humor, sisyphean, mythology, parenting, fun, crazy, mike julianelle, dads, moms, children, multiple kids, birthdays, kids

Prioritize your life. Get a babysitter and go out a few times a month, let the kids watch TV a little more often so you can read a book or chat with a friend, leave them in the car while you tip a few back at the bar – okay maybe not that last one. But all parenting all the time makes Jack a dull boy, and probably a resentful boy, certainly a less fulfilled boy, and maybe even an insane, stir-crazy boy who tries to murder his family.

Don’t let that happen to you. You were a person before you became a parent, you should do your best to remain one. For your sake and everyone else’s.

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9 thoughts on “Parents Are Boring

  1. It’s also good for kids to see their parents have healthy interests that aren’t just kids related. Fewer fucking narcissists that think everything hinges on them. I loved that my dad had a baseball league he played in and that my mother was a book fiend. It taught me about what they liked and encouraged me to find shit I liked besides me, myself, and I.

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  3. And yet, all the moms in my circles are ALL about their children. It’s like I’m an alien, I’m not the fulltime parent they are and I’m not not a mom like my single friends. Parents with a life, I read about them but where the heck are they in real life?

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  6. Well said and very true. I have two young ones and balance is in shirt supply right now. PS- well played on the Karate Kid reference!!

    1. Well said and very true. I have two young ones and balance is in short supply right now. PS- well played on the Karate Kid reference!!

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