mom adviceWell hello everyone! How was your week? I’m back and hoping to learn from my most trusted source of advice on my future as a parent–you people. Yeah sure, I could just Google this crap, but I don’t trust the Internet. I trust you. I want you all to tell me what the worst part of being a parent is, and don’t hold back on my account. I can take it.

Generally speaking, parenting seems pretty great. Most parents I know seem to like their kids despite the fact that their kids obviously suck, and my own parents lie to me all the time by telling me that being parents is the best part of their lives.

I believe that parenting is probably one of the best things in the world (if you want to be a parent at all), but I also have eyes and was a horrible teenager, so I know that it’s basically the most thankless job on earth. I would imagine that after my mom found my pregnancy tests in high school, she didn’t run around beaming about the joy of parenting. She was probably equally unenthused when I claimed the pregnancy tests belonged to my 13-year-old sister, and then almost failed Chemistry. To be fair to my online reputation as a worthless piece of shit, I also get really great Mother’s Day presents.

I want to hear the broader themes of what you hate about parenting, and not just the isolated moments of teen hell-raising. Maybe it has to do with your life being shared, the weight of responsibility, or something like having to socialize with a two-year-old. I don’t know. Lay it on me. What am I in for?

Photo: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret