10 Reasons why pets prepare you for parenthood

Nothing really prepares you for parenthood. No matter how many books your read or how much good advice you’re gathering, chances are you’ll find yourself, at some time or another, wondering whether you were really cut out for this.

However, among the many wonderful things that pets bring to our lives, one thing you can be sure of: having a pet in the family actually helps in preparing for what’s to come. Here’s why

#1 Waking up at night

If you’ve ever had a dog or (moreso even) a cat, you’ll be fully aware that you have to be quick to react to those first noises that mean feeding is in order. Cats will wake you at the oddest hours to tell you it’s feeding time. Sound familiar? Let’s move on.

#2 Showing who’s boss

If you have a pet at home, you’ll know there are times you would like to be the one in charge. Be respected, command in your own home. Therefore, you’ll also know that most times you’ll be ignored when trying to do so. Wait for those teenage years…

#3 Boxes are life

If you ever have any empty boxes lying around, you’ll learn that you should never throw them out. Kids and cats alike find them exceptionally useful as creative toys and napping stations.

#4 Eww gross!

Having a pet, you have learned that you need to clean up after them. Often. Gross stuff even. From stepping in you-know-what to finding coughed up furballs in your shoe, as a pet parent, your tolerance for grossness is probably really high by now. On the bright side, a pet will but very seldom throw up on you.

#5 No such thing as privacy

You have also learned that total solitude in the bathroom is something impossible. Staring at you until it makes you uncomfortable or simply keeping you company, pets and kids alike have a strange fascination with bowel movements, their own or otherwise.

#6 Constant movement

Taking a picture of your pet that isn’t blurred or out of focus due to the constant running and moving around. That’s very much what will happen when you try and take pictures of your kids. You’ll spend 2 years teaching them to walk and talk, just to spend the next 20 asking them to be still and be quiet.

#7 The responsibility thing

Pets teach you about being responsible about someone other than yourself — how many times have you heard this? It is a common phrase, but nevertheless a true one. When your baby comes you’ll know how to make plans A and B for every occasion, have a trusted network of sitters and never leave their well-being to chance. You’ll be prepared!

#8 The juggling act

You’ll have heightened senses and superhuman motor skills due to years of practice in the subtle art of balancing giant grocery bags in your arms, whilst opening the door at the same time — with small creatures that like to entangle themselves around your legs. Nothing else could prepare you for this except practice, practice, practice.

#9 Damage control

Years of damage to your car, house, furniture and clothes have made you tolerant and more appreciative of the more important things in life. You don’t have to be super tidy and have everything in perfect conditions. Sometimes it’s better to just relax, have fun and let dogs be dogs (and kids be kids).

#10 The you-can’t-resist-me eyes

Begging soulful little eyes and cute faces are something you’ve become accustomed to. Not that you could ever become immune to them, but you’ve had experience with it before and are less likely to give in. Although they do drive a pretty hard bargain, you’ll have reason on your side and they… well, they’ll always win, because you’ve learnt by now that you can’t resist how cute they are.

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