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(News.com.au)   Having a toddler is like being in prison ... and parole is 18 years away   (news.com.au) divider line 9
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2013-08-20 08:07:29 AM
I've never understood people that dwell on things like this and consider kids to be this unimaginable burden.  Yeah, kids can be frustrating and yes, they upset the life you had before you were a parent. But if that life is so important to you, DON'T HAVE KIDS. Or wait a few years first, make sure you've done what you want to do. There are a multitude of birth control options available, and viewing your kids as whiny, disruptive annoyances is going to undermine your job as a parent.
 
2013-08-20 08:14:25 AM
Yeah, I've never understood people who complain about being a parent. Put your kid up for for adoption if you suck that bad as a parent.
 
2013-08-20 08:14:30 AM

SmackLT: I've never understood people that dwell on things like this and consider kids to be this unimaginable burden.  Yeah, kids can be frustrating and yes, they upset the life you had before you were a parent. But if that life is so important to you, DON'T HAVE KIDS. Or wait a few years first, make sure you've done what you want to do. There are a multitude of birth control options available, and viewing your kids as whiny, disruptive annoyances is going to undermine your job as a parent.


THIS

Theres a reason we waited until our mid/late 30s to have a child - We are happy to move onto a new stage in our lives. We dont feel as though our lives were cut short at all. If you are not ready to change your life, or if you think this type of change might ruin your life, DONT REPRODUCE.

Besides, being a family man seems to have helped me professionally, so there's that.
 
2013-08-20 10:45:53 AM
1. Nope.
2. Nope.  Get up before your kids do.
3. Nope.  Shower before your kids get up.
4. Nope.
5. Don't create tension at the table.  If they don't want to eat, don't make them eat.  They won't starve.
6. Maybe.  But teaching moments are not like prison
7. Watch your movies when they're in bed
8. too much derp here.  not enough time.
9. do booze, chocolate, and adult entertainment on your own time.
10. conjugal time when it makes sense.  When kids are sleeping.

Everyone here already covered the senselessness of having kids and hating them, but managing your time around your responsibilities is a basic life function.  If you suck at basic time management, I can understand why you suck so bad at raising your kids.  Get it together.  If you're specifically talking about toddlers, toddlers sleep 10 to 12 hours overnight and usually nap 1-2 hours during the day.  That gives you  somewhere between 3 and 6 hours to do what you need/want.  If you think that's tough, just wait a couple more years.  You just MIGHT end up in prison.

I don't know why I spent the time to post this, the person who wrote this column is likely 23 and won't have kids for another 10-15 years.
 
2013-08-20 12:52:35 PM
I've raised five kids and I'll never understand these parents who think raising a child is such a chore.  Even when they're in the toddler years, if your child is consuming your every waking moment, you're doing something terribly wrong.

A child should be able to spend several hour running around playing on their own without needing anything from you but the occasional check to see what they're up to.
 
2013-08-20 01:42:13 PM
This person fails as a parent.
 
2013-08-20 02:33:19 PM
don't want them then don't have them. they don't magically vanish at 18. they are yours to love forever. damn shame so few people are decent parents. one of the worlds most important jobs and we permit any dipshiat to do it.
 
2013-08-20 03:09:35 PM

Nana's Vibrator: If you suck at basic time management, I can understand why you suck so bad at raising your kids.  Get it together.  If you're specifically talking about toddlers, toddlers sleep 10 to 12 hours overnight and usually nap 1-2 hours during the day.  That gives you  somewhere between 3 and 6 hours to do what you need/want.  If you think that's tough, just wait a couple more years.  You just MIGHT end up in prison.



If ONLY my toddlers had slept that much....  Sigh.

FTA: 3. You're always terrified something bad will happen while you're in the shower.
I had to set up baby gates outside the bathroom in order to do ANYthing in there and still have a house standing when I was through.
 
2013-08-20 05:38:53 PM
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