At just a few months shy of 26, I'm jumping for all joy that I'm childless. Being a parent is a hard, never-ending job. It requires wearing more hats and taking on more roles than you imagine humanly possible. Being a parent these days can be like planting a tree in a barren field and watching over it day and night to make sure it grows strong and tall and becomes a contributing part of society. Or it can feel like someone giving you the best gift ever, then attaching an 18-year, 100% APR and a million dollar price tag to it. Because that's how much babies cost, right? Either way, parenting is weird. What's even weirder is being friends with parents. Some of my friends either have babies or are expecting. They're tasked with things like planning play dates, hiring babysitters, nap time, tummy time, feeding time. They have to worry about travel accommodations, time zones, and what material a car seat is made from. Some of them are sleep deprived while others thrive on burning the candle at both ends. Some of them are scheduling pros and find ways to get out and be who they were before being a parent, while others can't even remember what time they last changed the baby. I've been taking notes and here are 11 things I've learned while being friends with millennials who have kids.
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