The 5 harsh reality checks of parenthood

There’s nothing like a full on fat reality check to slap us in the face in this word, and no greater do those reality checks comes than in parenthood. Whatever you are thinking before you become a parent, you can bet your bottom dollar you are in for some harsh truths once you become a parent. Sorry…don’t shoot the messenger!

Harsh reality check 1

You think parenthood is going to be a beautifully smooth fruit puree….

Strawberry puree with cream

instead it’s more like a lumpy bowl of stew with a bunch of unknown ingredients inside which can often taste like this…

Latino man tastes awful food

Harsh reality check 2

You think parenthood is going to be like running through a meadow of flowers, deliriously happy…

Beautiful young healthy woman with a white dress running joyfully through a lavender field holding a straw hat under the rays of the setting sun.

instead it’s really more like running through the line of fire…

The girl - a soldier of the future

Harsh reality check 3

You think you won’t ever want to spend a minute away from your baby….

Mother and Baby

when in fact you are mostly found watching your clock counting down the hours to bedtime and wine o’clock…


Harsh reality check 4

You think you’ve got this motherhood thing covered….


come on now, who are you kidding? You know it looks a lot more like this…

Portrait of scared baby against crazy mother with pan on head

Harsh reality check 5

You think you want a massive brood of kids like this..

Large group of happy kids, boys and girls, with lifted hands about 10 years old standing on the green grass top view

nope, actually, one or two will do nicely, thank you very muchly! Be quiet now ovaries please.

cute smiling child girl reading book at home

Damn those movies for setting us up for these! What have been your harsh reality checks as a parent? Do leave a comment and share.

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  1. Hehe this post made me giggle. For me it began from the first moment of pregnancy. I expected to be glowing and beautiful instead I was spewing up 247 and struggling with crutches due to SPD. I may do a follow on post from this on my blog sometime if you don’t mind ?

  2. True True True True and True. I am especially guilty of waiting for my toddler’s nap and bedtime and then wine-o-clock (love the phrase!).
    Harsh reality check for me? Breastfeeding. Certainly not a breeze as depicted in movies. It’s hard work, painful and wtf can you do if your baby refuses to latch on?!!!
    Great post. Hilarious illustrations.

  3. Yes, it’s all true-every single one!! I was like ‘wow, being a stay at home mum-I’ve made it!’ Imagining endless playing, crafts and cuddles… Now it’s just endless tantrums, fights, and forced trips to places I often don’t want to be going, so that we don’t kill each other!! Most days I’m counting down to bedtime by 9am!!
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  4. Lol, yes the reality isn’t quite how we imagined it! I still do it though – I’ll decide we’re going to sit down as a family and play games together and it usually ends with Sophie playing her own version, Jessica grumbling that Sophie isn’t playing it right and hubby and I pulling our hair out rather than the blissful family moment that I had in my head! And I thought I’d have so much more patience than I actually possess – there are days when I swear my patience reserve is permanently empty. #coolmumclub
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  5. Hah hah! Love it. Yes, it is so very different from the movies and what we thought it would be. I am usually watching the clock from about 5pm on the countdown to bedtime and wine. I also met a mum at the school gate today who works 4 days a week and on today, her day off said she was desperate to get back to work for a rest!! Thanks for hosting #CoolMumClub xx
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  6. Sitting. No-one told me that there wouldn’t be any sitting. I use to do a lot of sitting before I became a dad.

    No I just sit on the toilet and even then it’s normally interrupted by someone who requires me to stand again.

  7. Haha so true! The expectations and the reality are VERY different!! I had no idea it would be like this, the good times are more amazing than I ever imagined but the bad times are a million times worse than I could have ever imagined!! #coolmumclub
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  8. Hehe love this, especially number two. I compared my day with the two babies to ‘being on the front line’ to the OH the other day and he said ‘well it’s not like you’re at war is it?’ …. Umm yes that’s exactly how it feels actually xx
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  9. Ha! This is so true, I spend my days cleaning up fruit puree rather than living a life like it! If only our perception of parenthood was the reality 😀

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