You know that moment? The moment when you discover some essential truth about parenting that before kids you never knew? You know, like how you’re laying in bed at 2:36 a.m. trying to get back to sleep after the four-year-old woke you up because he needed some water. And you have to be up in 3 hours if you’re going to get in some exercise before work. And just when you’re on the verge of falling back to sleep the seven-year-old comes running into the room because he’s had a nightmare. And your partner in all this parenting is sleeping through the bad dream commotion so it’s up to you to get up…again. And when you finally get back to bed at 2:59 a.m. you ask yourself, “Why didn’t anyone ever tell me that I would never get to sleep through the night again once I had kids?”
Those moments come fairly regularly when you’re a parent. And they don’t ever seem to stop once they start. So, to spare you some of the indignity of those middle of the night epiphanies, here are some of the best truths about parenting we wish someone had told us before we had kids.