Before you're a parent, you know exactly how everything is going to go. Your kids will never, ever melt down in public, throw things for the sake of throwing them, hit their siblings, or tell you you're anything but perfect. Oh no, you've got this in the bag. You're not going to be like every parent before you, because you're so much smarter and more enlightened than them.
Then something really weird happens and you lose all those magical parenting superpowers ... you have kids. Seriously, has anything gone the way you planned when it comes to growing infants into functioning, independent human beings? If it has, I have seven words for you: Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.
Here are some of the things we expected to experience in motherhood, and the cold, hard reality we did instead.
What has been your most difficult reality in parenting?
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