One of my favorite comic strip creators, Bill Keane, often showed that he knew what life with children was really like. His strip, The Family Circus, centered on a couple with four young children. He titled these particular strips, “It’s Apparent You’re a Parent” and showed things like the husband finding a toy in his pocket while at work and the wife correcting someone’s bad language.
As a single woman, I used to laugh at Keane’s strips. Now, as a wife with four young children of my own, I find myself pointing to my own parental oddities. Yikes, I’m a parent!
It’s apparent I’m a parent when… I can quickly browse through racks of superhero and Cars 2 toys knowing who we have at home and who we are desperately looking for.
It’s apparent I’m a parent when… my husband and I know if it’s going to be Steve or Joe as the host of Blue’s Clues just by the first five seconds of the opening song.
It’s apparent I’m a parent when… the most I will do to the driver who just cut me off is to briefly beep, because I have children in the back seat who will mimic any foul language.
It’s apparent I’m a parent when… my purse contains lone Cheerios, Goldfish, and those pesty straw coverings from juice boxes.
It’s apparent I’m a parent when… the DVR contains more recorded shows from Nick Jr. and PBS than any other channels combined.
It’s apparent I’m a parent when… Amazon sends me ads for toys.
It’s apparent I’m a parent when… my husband and I can tell you when story time is at any Katy library.
It’s apparent I’m a parent when… 9:30 rolls around and my husband and I are ready to sleep.
I know these are funnies for parents of young children. I’d love to hear from other moms and dads, especially those of you with teenagers. How does your status of parent show as the kiddos grow?