9 Things You Will Inevitably Argue About With Your Spouse Once You Have Kids

  1. How much you should actually tell your children about your alcohol use and (ahem) other stuff you did in (ahem) college.
  2. How much you should actually tell your SPOUSE about what you did in (ahem) college.
  3. How many times your four year-old can sleep in your bed after he has a bad dream. 2, 3 nights? Just until he’s driving?
  4. Whether spending one whole night with the kids alone two years ago counts as knowing what it’s like to be a stay at home parent.
  5. Whether grilling some form of meat on the BBQ and setting said meat on a platter counts as “making dinner.”
  6. If 37 seconds in the morning after the baby starts crying constitutes “sleeping in.”
  7. If getting home and pointing to something in the middle of the kitchen floor and saying “how did that get there?” is considered helping around the house.
  8. Whether chess can be counted as a team sport.
  9. Whether arguing with your four year old’s insistence on wearing everything backwards (not his underwear, he doesn’t wear those) is a battle you want to wage.

About the Writer
Peryl Manning is somewhat (and pleasantly) surprised to find herself the mother of two almost freakishly dimpled little boys. She isn’t sure she should be the one in charge though; at just no-longer thirty-something, she still manages to somehow end up sitting in her own gum, and last week she found her credit card in the fridge with the leftover pizza. She loves mellow moms and free Kindle books; she hates judge-y moms and truffle oil. She has contributed to the Seattle Post Intellegencer, Momtastic and Mamazina Magazines and other parenting publications, and juggles writing and life with an excessive number of boys (even the cats are male) with whatever grace she can summon.

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  1. ZR says:

    #6 made me laugh. Fortunately, I seem to be a lucky mom on that regard. Used to be that my daughter would wake up screaming and begging for attention and breakfast, but by 13 months old she doesn’t make a peep, waits for me to pull her out of her crib. I set her on my bed, and she gets off of it and goes to play with her toys and books while I keep snoozing for 15-30 minutes… now that’s sleeping in! And, it’s heavenly. :) No arguments there.

  2. MamaKaren says:

    I totally concur with #5. One year for Mother’s Day, we had everyone over to our place and Hubby said he would cook dinner. What that meant was that I would marinade the chicken and bring him the platter to bring it in from the grill at the appropriate time, and I would make sure we had rolls and condiments and side dishes and drinks and plate and utensils.

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  3. Hillary says:

    #3 and #6 really hit home! My husband and I consider 7am sleeping in gooood. And our two-and-a-half year old might just be sleeping in our bed through college.

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