We all know that hindsight is 20/20, and you pretty much need to learn every life lesson for yourself. But what if you could go back and tell your pre-parenthood self what you'd learned ... what would you say? Here are 25 pieces of advice my friends would pass on ...
- Travel now! Go bang a Spanish guy whose last name you don't know in Paris. Eat all the cheese.
- You're not actually tired now. You just think you are.
- Appreciate time alone. Alone on the toilet, alone in the shower, the ability to complete a thought in one sitting. The ability to finish a meal while it's still warm.
- Walk around topless every chance you get. Your boobs will never be the same perky ladies you know now.
- Realize that you will never be "ready," the time will never be "just right," and there will never be "enough money."
- You're hotter than you think, and this is the hottest you will ever be. Flaunt it!
- Find a career you love; your kids will be so much better off for it.
- Don't take your kid-free grocery store trips for granted.
- You're not busy. Really, not at all. The dozen social commitments you have this weekend don't make you busy. They make you available and fun.
- Sleep as much as you can and cherish it because you will never sleep again.
- Savor doing laundry for only one person.
- Keep your sense of humor -- you'll need it.
- Stop being a judgmental b of those moms with tantruming children. They aren't bad moms 99 percent of the time.
- Know that your mom was right. About everything.
- Take a week to do nothing but lay in bed reading and drinking iced tea.
- Stay near your family ... they will come in very handy!
- Have sex on the dining room table ... or at least leave the bedroom door open.
- Eat at fancy restaurants.
- Hoard your money. Every. Last. Cent. Once a month, you can spend $10 on yourself but SAVE THAT MONEY
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- Wear tight jeans. Because you will never want to again.
- Value the feeling of not having a care in the world.
- Learn to let go of control because you'll never have it again!
- Buy more shoes. You won't have the budget for shoes after you have kids.
- Enjoy the fact that you aren't as fearful yet. Becoming a parent makes you realize how fragile life is.
- Stop giving parenting advice. You know NOTHING.
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