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2022-04-18 11:17:36 PM  
... If you're a parent, and your highest priority on your list of worries is how "interesting" you are, you have some serious problems.
 
2022-04-18 11:46:25 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: ... If you're a parent, and your highest priority on your list of worries is how "interesting" you are, you have some serious problems.


I'll get the lights...
 
2022-04-19 12:13:54 AM  
Yes.

Next question.
 
2022-04-19 2:52:43 AM  
Maybe being a parent makes a person less interesting to people who don't matter and more interesting to the people who do matter.

Now feel free to classify yourself into either group to find your answer.
 
2022-04-19 5:24:32 AM  
Depends on how it affects your butt stuff time.
 
2022-04-19 5:27:23 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: ... If you're a parent, and your highest priority on your list of worries is how "interesting" you are, you have some serious problems.


And in a few years the kid will too.
 
2022-04-19 5:32:44 AM  
You'll be no less interesting than someone who is defined by his or her job.
 
2022-04-19 5:47:15 AM  
I wouldn't worry about it. I never had kids, and I'm one of the dullest people who has ever lived. See, you're already fast asleep, so I can rifle through your wallet.
 
2022-04-19 6:41:24 AM  
Yes, and you're probably not that interesting now.
 
2022-04-19 6:59:03 AM  
Yes.
 
2022-04-19 7:11:08 AM  
Kids thrive on routine which doesn't lend itself to interesting stories. Also people tend to talk about their kids a lot because they don't understand that nobody else cares.

Still, it's no worse than people who talk about their dog or cat all day. Or any of their other stupid hobbies that nobody gives a rats ass about.

As another poster stated, most people aren't all that interesting. Kids or no kids.
 
2022-04-19 7:11:29 AM  
Your life is going to just be baby for a while. Mine is. It's okay. Your brain will melt and drip out of your ears and you'll think it's okay.
 
2022-04-19 7:28:12 AM  

DerAppie: You'll be no less interesting than someone who is defined by his or her job.


I disagree about that. Some people have interesting jobs.

On the other hand, throughout history there's been one culture universal: As soon as people have two coins to rub together, they pay someone else to deal with their kids.
 
2022-04-19 7:35:45 AM  

Fear the Clam: DerAppie: You'll be no less interesting than someone who is defined by his or her job.

I disagree about that. Some people have interesting jobs.

On the other hand, throughout history there's been one culture universal: As soon as people have two coins to rub together, they pay someone else to deal with their kids.


Some people do have interesting jobs. That is true. But if I had a friends with an interesting job and that is all he ever talk about, we'd better not talk more than a few times a month.

And at that point, is it really a friend, or more of a close acquaintance?
 
2022-04-19 8:16:09 AM  
If you're worried about how interesting you are, you're probably not interesting.  You've probably adopted a type of eccentricity that appears forced.  People probably think of you and say to themselves:

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2022-04-19 8:19:34 AM  
No, you will not be less interesting. You already absolute zero on the interest scale and cannot go any lower.
 
2022-04-19 8:45:56 AM  
Define "interesting."
That's really up to your audience. Some people won't be interested in your 24/7 mommy life. Not everyone loves children. If you choose to have a child-centric life, you lose those people. You already know who they are.
 
2022-04-19 9:15:41 AM  
One thing all parents should know is that no one cares about your kids.  They don't want to hear about them at all, not even that one really funny story you like to tell.  Other parents who like to listen to stories about your kids are really just waiting for a chance to tell you a story about their kids.  When you do nothing with your life other than take care of your kids, then you are nothing and no one will want to talk to you because de facto all of your stories will involve your kids or you trying to brag about that one time your kids weren't around.

I'd also argue with the premise of the headline, as there are a lot of "full-time" parents that also work other jobs.  An accountant doesn't magically stop being a parent when they go to the office.  If a person thinks that they are somehow transforming into some sort of mythical "full-time parent" by staying home, then they are definitely not interesting
 
2022-04-19 9:17:38 AM  
Slate:  "Have you considered becoming vegan and bearing a child out of wedlock?"
 
2022-04-19 12:23:03 PM  
Yes.
 
2022-04-19 1:07:02 PM  
Believe me, your life is going to be waaaay more interesting. Just not always in good ways. And certainly not to people on the outside looking in.
 
2022-04-19 2:20:35 PM  
if you are asking that question then no, because you aren't interesting now.
 
2022-04-19 6:38:33 PM  
yes
 
2022-04-19 7:40:08 PM  
My job was so mind-numbingly boring that quitting to take care of a child couldn't have made me less interesting. It was a bad job that left me exhausted, with no energy to do anything else except watch TV. Kids are at least occasionally amusing.
 
2022-04-19 11:00:23 PM  
I can tell....You're good with people.

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2022-04-20 4:40:15 AM  
It's a trick question
- The person asking whether they could become less interesting writes for Slate!!

/I feel bad for their kids.
 
2022-04-20 1:15:58 PM  

Dry Spell: nobody else cares.


Three-word answer to every parenting question, topic or unsolicited humblebrag ever.
 
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