“The literary equivalent of a summer night, a good friend and a gin-and-tonic: Shannon is a deft writer; a natural storyteller with a wicked turn of phrase and frighteningly specific memory...”

Download Shannon's story, "Beautiful Boy, Brandon Lee," in its full length, excerpted from her book, Smash, Crash & Burn.

10 Ways Having Kids Changed My Life

having kids changed my life, Shannon Bradley Colleary

“You’re smiling now Mom, but just wait until I Ninja Slap those elderly cheeks.” “Is that so, Grasshopper? Or have you met your Ninja Slapping match!”

When the nurse placed my first swaddled newborn on my chest right after I gave birth, I believe the first words out of my mouth to my husband were, “I am so f#@ked.”

And I still feel that way. Because before kids I was pretty invulnerable. I worried about things like being carjacked at the intersection of LaBrea and Pico Blvd. coming out of Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles (no biggie if I’ve got the takeout with me).

I worried about contracting cancer from the spirulina in my wheat-free, vegan ciabatta from Whole Foods.

I worried wearing g-strings might give me lady candida (just ask The Pussycat Dolls).

And while I also worried something bad might happen to my husband, nothing compared to the raw, savage worry that overwhelmed me when they put that first baby in my arms. Because nothing bad could ever happen to that little person.

Do you hear me God? Nothing! Yes, I know I haven’t prayed since that time I begged you not to let the fireman break up with me.  And I know you were right to not intervene, because had I married him I would’ve come home from work after our nuptials to find six Geishas in bed with him. However, nothing bad can ever happen to this child!

When the nurse came in to tell me that they needed to prick my baby’s heel in order to test her for jaundice it was all Henry could do to keep me from Hannibal Lecter-ing her tongue right out of her mouth. (BTW my pristine child did not have jaundice. As if.)

So here they are; the good, the bad and the ugly ways that having kids changed my life.

1. Before kids my career was unfulfilling. After kids, I have no career.

2. Before kids I was vain. After kids I’m vain. Wait. Oh. Well, maybe after grandchildren I won’t be vain anymore?

3. Before kids I had feeling in my nipples. After nursing two kids they no longer feel anything and are simply just for show.

4. Before kids I cared what men thought of me. After kids I care what women think of me.

5. Before kids I swore there would be no family bed. After kids every living creature in our house is in our bed by 5 a.m.

6. Before kids I wanted to be rich and famous. After kids I want to be financially secure and respected by my peers.

7. Before kids I didn’t like kids. After kids I have to stop myself from sneaking up behind a mother with a newborn and trying to sniff a hit of baby scent off his head without detection.

8. Before kids I loved my husband. After kids I’d take a bullet for him, because he’s the best father I’ve ever seen. He dances a rather embarrassing jig every time his girls kiss him goodnight. Which means maybe they won’t be attracted to philandering firemen when they grow up.

"Young Sensei, don't make me Ninja Slap you." "Don't make me Ninja Block you, oh elderly one."

“Young Sensei, don’t make me Ninja Slap you.” “Don’t make me Ninja Block you, oh elderly one.”

9. Before kids I found myself amusing. After kids I’m my favorite comedian.

The other night I taught Clare how to Ninja Slap, which is a Three Stooges type of, well, basically slapping someone (it’s really fun).

But then she became better at Ninja Slapping than me (as my cheeks can attest) and when we both attempted to Ninja Slap my younger daughter, Bridget we were shocked at how swiftly Bridget could Ninja Block, then Ninja Slap, then make Clare and me Ninja Cry.

10. Before kids I was floating and directionless. After kids my life took on a deeper meaning. For 36 years I was my main responsibility. And I liked it like that way for approximately 34 of those years.

I woke up on my 34th birthday inexplicably sick of myself. I was sick of thinking about how to fix myself. I was sick of trying to succeed. I was sick of my free time and sleeping in and never cooking. And although having two daughters 22 months apart derailed my ambitions and made me hungry, sleepy and scared, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.



193 comments

Write a comment
  1. Rosie Carrillo
    Rosie Carrillo 20 March, 2014, 10:17

    I love your Dances With Words….you are so light on your feet! 🙂

    Reply this comment
  2. Melissa M
    Melissa M 20 March, 2014, 10:31

    Having kids has made me slow down in life.

    Reply this comment
  3. Elena
    Elena 20 March, 2014, 13:04

    having kids made me more patient

    Reply this comment
  4. heather
    heather 20 March, 2014, 14:44

    Having kids changes you for the better you remember what it was like to belive in Santa again.

    Reply this comment
  5. Mami2jcn
    Mami2jcn 20 March, 2014, 15:04

    Having children has made me appreciate the small moments. Before I had kids, I seemed to be in a rush all the time and anxious to move onto the next thing. Now I wish I could freeze time.

    Reply this comment
  6. Mami2jcn
    Mami2jcn 20 March, 2014, 15:06

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/446769594942767104

    Reply this comment
  7. Jessica To
    Jessica To 20 March, 2014, 15:31

    Having my son has made me enjoy the small things in life more. He gets joy out of the littlest things!

    Reply this comment
  8. Dina
    Dina 21 March, 2014, 06:15

    Even more that reading fiction, having a kid means occasionally being willing to suspend your disbelief. When she was 3 and calling out the things she saw as we drove past them, I always scanned the skies when she called out “space ship!” Was she seeing into another dimension? A different wavelength of light? It took me a while to figure out that she saw a boat parked in someone’s yard…

    Reply this comment
  9. Lisa
    Lisa 21 March, 2014, 07:12

    I forget how much having my son has changed me until I try to think of my life before he was born. What did I do in the evenings and on weekends? He helps me see joy in mundane chores, whether it be the fun of throwing a diaper in the trash (don’t try to help him! He’s got it) or his emphatic banging on the horse feed tub when it’s pony dinner time. He makes all the little moments in the day seem magical.

    Reply this comment
  10. Sharon Greenthal
    Sharon Greenthal 21 March, 2014, 07:57

    Having kids meant never thinking of myself without thinking of them too.

    Reply this comment
  11. Lauren E.
    Lauren E. 21 March, 2014, 08:08

    My daughter has made me more patient and loving.

    Reply this comment
  12. Jen Arellano
    Jen Arellano 21 March, 2014, 09:00

    Becoming a mother uncovered a more meaningful motivation to succeed and redefined the meaning of that success.

    Reply this comment
  13. Linda
    Linda 21 March, 2014, 09:03

    Having kids made me realize how much my parents love me. Prior to that you have no idea until you have kids of own. It created a much greater respect and understanding for them…And number 7…guilty!

    Reply this comment
  14. kelly D
    kelly D 21 March, 2014, 10:52

    My kids changed me for the better because I spend more time outdoors enjoying nature with them, and they are always pointing out little things to me, so I observe more.

    Reply this comment
  15. Cynthia C
    Cynthia C 21 March, 2014, 13:01

    I loved your observations. Having kids has definitely taught me to not sweat the small stuff. All problems get resolved somehow.

    Reply this comment
  16. Becky K.
    Becky K. 21 March, 2014, 13:20

    I find myself less reckless/liable to behave in a manner dangerous to my own health since having kids – I have a horror of traumatizing them or leaving them motherless!

    Reply this comment
  17. Natalie
    Natalie 21 March, 2014, 14:02

    My niece and nephew have taught me to appreciate the people in my life and recognize the importance of relationships. They also have taught me to make a conscious effort to be happy and pleasure the little things in life. They have taught me not to take life too seriously and don’t sweat the small stuff.

    Reply this comment
  18. Margaret Smith
    Margaret Smith 21 March, 2014, 14:22

    Being a parent has made me be more responsible and patient. Thanks so much.

    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

    Reply this comment
  19. RONDA
    RONDA 21 March, 2014, 15:50

    I sort of grew up with them

    Reply this comment
  20. RONDA
    RONDA 21 March, 2014, 15:51

    Being a parent is a challenge

    Reply this comment
  21. Jana
    Jana 21 March, 2014, 16:55

    Having kids made me realize it was really possible to love someone unconditionally – even when they screamed endlessly in the night; even when they colored masterpieces on the living room wall; even when they decided that they didn’t have to do homework, ever; even when told me I was an embarrassment to them; even when they stayed out past curfew and I stayed up all night worrying. The best thing about having kids was when they grew to adulthood and let me know that I had done a good job and they loved me unconditionally too.

    Reply this comment
  22. diane
    diane 21 March, 2014, 17:03

    my kids have made me more patient

    Reply this comment
  23. Cynthia K.
    Cynthia K. 21 March, 2014, 17:07

    Having a child has given me carte blanche to be just as silly as I want with no repercussions, because hey, it’s all about expanding her mind.

    Reply this comment
  24. Jessica
    Jessica 21 March, 2014, 19:00

    My child has taught mehow blessed I am .

    Reply this comment
  25. Kiara
    Kiara 21 March, 2014, 19:36

    Made me be more patient.
    austma7@aol.com

    Reply this comment
  26. Amy @ The Nifty Foodie
    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie 21 March, 2014, 20:50

    I don’t have a kid, but I have a dog who is my “kid”. 🙂 She’s taught me to be happier, in general. I love how dogs are always happy!

    Reply this comment
  27. Anastasia
    Anastasia 22 March, 2014, 02:16

    My kids have taught me better critical thinking as well as making me better at compromising 🙂   I need both in order to watch out for my kids best interests, as well as balancing freedom with good choices 🙂 

    Reply this comment
  28. One Frugal Girl
    One Frugal Girl 22 March, 2014, 07:06

    That your heart can fill with more love than you could ever imagine.

    Reply this comment
  29. slbowling
    slbowling 22 March, 2014, 09:09

    They are worth more than all the money in the world.

    Reply this comment
  30. Thomas Gibson
    Thomas Gibson 22 March, 2014, 09:27

    My daughter has taught me how to love others and to take things simple.

    Reply this comment
  31. Erika
    Erika 22 March, 2014, 10:41

    They have shown me how beautiful it is to be selfless.

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

    Reply this comment
  32. Susan Smith
    Susan Smith 22 March, 2014, 11:12

    Have children has made me more patient and loving. It has also made me less selfish.

    Reply this comment
  33. Sarah Hirsch
    Sarah Hirsch 22 March, 2014, 12:57

    my kids have changed me for the better because i try to be a good example and role model for them, so i am more aware of doing the right things at the right times.

    Reply this comment
  34. Tari Lawson
    Tari Lawson 22 March, 2014, 13:40

    Having kids has forced me to get more creative.

    Reply this comment
  35. paige chandler
    paige chandler 22 March, 2014, 14:54

    They have given me patience, understanding, and the ability to unconditional love.
    elysesw@aol.com

    Reply this comment
  36. Denise S
    Denise S 22 March, 2014, 16:29

    Its made me more responsible and concerned about the future of the country.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

    Reply this comment
  37. Stephanie V.
    Stephanie V. 22 March, 2014, 19:59

    more patience and look at things through children’s eyes – simple joys

    tvollowitz at aol dot com

    Reply this comment
  38. RICHARD HICKS
    RICHARD HICKS 22 March, 2014, 21:16

    They have taught me to have lots of patience and given me new perspective on life.

    Reply this comment
  39. HilLesha O'Nan
    HilLesha O'Nan 23 March, 2014, 00:06

    My children taught me selflessness and unconditional love. 🙂

    Reply this comment
  40. Lisa Brown
    Lisa Brown 23 March, 2014, 05:16

    Having children has taught me patience, which was a big problem for me. You cannot be impatient with children at all, and with my new-found patience, it has made other areas of my life better, especially relationships with others. I find the care of children rewarding and watching them grow and change is wonderful.

    Reply this comment
  41. Tamar
    Tamar 23 March, 2014, 08:39

    Yes, they’ve given me a newfound appreciation for life.
    I was pretty depressed until I met my husband and then had my children. I am so happy with them.

    Reply this comment
  42. BusyWorkingMama
    BusyWorkingMama 23 March, 2014, 08:41

    I can see the happiness, wonder and beauty in the world through my daughter’s eyes. It is amazing the little things you appreciate with a child in your life.

    Reply this comment
  43. janna johnson
    janna johnson 23 March, 2014, 10:29

    I don’t have my own kids but the kids at my job remind me that people are resilient in the face of life.

    Reply this comment
  44. mickeyfan
    mickeyfan 23 March, 2014, 11:40

    I have learned that even 30 years later you don’t stop worrying. The biggest thing I learned is that the best part of having kids is the GRANDkids!

    Reply this comment
  45. Amy in Atlanta
    Amy in Atlanta 24 March, 2014, 10:08

    I don’t have kids, but I have a grandson. I am so much more patient and understanding when he’s around.

    Reply this comment
  46. tiffany cheung
    tiffany cheung 24 March, 2014, 12:08

    I have two daughters and they have changed my life unimaginably so. They’ve shown me how to love and be intimate and selfless. I thought the world revolved around me, now it revolves around them! Everything I do I think about them first, and I never knew I could have so much love for two little ones but my heart always melts when I give them a little kiss or a hug, and they are so precious to me.

    Reply this comment
  47. CharityS
    CharityS 24 March, 2014, 13:35

    My son has brought me so much happiness, joy, and the ability to understand real love. He’s the light of my life, and I am so happy that I am his mom.

    Reply this comment
  48. Joy
    Joy 24 March, 2014, 14:41

    Mine have made me appreciate the small things in life!

    Reply this comment
  49. DESIREE H
    DESIREE H 24 March, 2014, 18:02

    We tried for a year to have a baby, and then finally found out we were having twins. They have changed our lives for the better. My husband and I have gotten closer to God because of the things we went through trying to get pregnant and my son being in the Nicu (5 weeks early).
    We do not drink anymore, we are more patient, we both appreciate the little things in life more, and we just dedicate our lives and time to our kids. They are such a blessing and truly are the GREATEST gift!!
    Thank you!!
    faithrains2387 (At) Yahoo.com

    Reply this comment
  50. ELIZA ELLIOT
    ELIZA ELLIOT 24 March, 2014, 19:36

    My kids have made me a better person…more unselfish and thinking more of others all the time.

    Reply this comment
  51. Rebecca Graham
    Rebecca Graham 24 March, 2014, 23:44

    They taught me responsibility and made me a better person.

    Reply this comment
  52. Cookie
    Cookie 25 March, 2014, 12:30

    Before children I was selfish, self-centered, unreasonable, and hard. I’m completely opposite now. I melt just thinking of my children. Each day is hope and wishes for them. It pleases me to get that unfiltered hug and smile.

    Reply this comment
  53. Crystal F
    Crystal F 25 March, 2014, 16:25

    My girls have made me stronger. They’ve taught me that I am strong enough
    to stand up for myself and them. I have to be willing to go that extra mile for
    them because no one else will. I can’t stand back and not say anything like I use to because I don’t want anyone hurting my child. Thank you!

    Reply this comment
  54. Birdiebee
    Birdiebee 25 March, 2014, 17:37

    Having children has taught me how to really love others and have empathy, sympathy and compassion. Motherhood has been the most fulfilling job I have ever had.

    Reply this comment
  55. Jessie C.
    Jessie C. 25 March, 2014, 20:39

    They taught me to enjoy bad weather, rainy or snowy days are even better in their eyes.

    Reply this comment
  56. Jessie C.
    Jessie C. 25 March, 2014, 20:40

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/448665120541913088

    Reply this comment
  57. Heather S
    Heather S 26 March, 2014, 18:16

    My kiddos have taught me to not take myself or life too seriously 🙂

    Reply this comment
  58. Nadine L
    Nadine L 27 March, 2014, 08:10

    Having my daughter made me a more patient person. I was always pretty patient, but with her I learned to make sure I slowed down and enjoy every moment and wait for things, most everything is worth the wait

    Reply this comment
  59. Rachel Crisman
    Rachel Crisman 27 March, 2014, 12:09

    Having Jack made me a more responsible person…a happier person too!

    Reply this comment
  60. Mary a
    Mary a 27 March, 2014, 22:28

    Like you, I didn’t like kids all that much until I had my own.

    Reply this comment
  61. joni
    joni 27 March, 2014, 23:38

    Beside keeping me active, I became a responsible person.

    Reply this comment
  62. rachel
    rachel 28 March, 2014, 09:34

    I realize how fast time is going!!

    Reply this comment
  63. Amelia @ Eating Made Easy
    Amelia @ Eating Made Easy 28 March, 2014, 10:13

    A hilarious & thoughtful post as always, Shannon.

    Since having Lucy exactly 3 years ago, I’m less of a perfectionist. I want her to know she can make mistakes and not have to get everything right, so I’ve had to consciously change this tendency in myself…which is an ongoing challenge!

    Reply this comment
  64. Ashley H
    Ashley H 29 March, 2014, 17:49

    She taught me patience and unconditional love.

    Reply this comment
  65. Stephanie Galbraith
    Stephanie Galbraith 29 March, 2014, 22:46

    My kids have taught me patience.

    Reply this comment
  66. Barbara M
    Barbara M 31 March, 2014, 18:40

    Having the kids has helped me to trust my own judgment and be a better listener.
    thank you

    Reply this comment
  67. D Schmidt
    D Schmidt 1 April, 2014, 12:35

    Having children changed me in so many ways, I definitely became less selfish but more importantly I realized I had to take better care of myself because I was responsible for more than just my happiness in life.

    Reply this comment
  68. Tina M
    Tina M 1 April, 2014, 18:44

    they made me a better person and stronger

    Reply this comment
  69. Shannon
    Shannon 2 April, 2014, 06:10

    I’m so much less judgmental, parenting is humbling! I do NOT have all the answers!

    Reply this comment
  70. courtney b
    courtney b 2 April, 2014, 11:06

    having kids really taught me how to love. i’m much more compassionate as well

    Reply this comment
  71. amy pugmire
    amy pugmire 2 April, 2014, 16:08

    They have taught me true love, patience, motivation, kindness and that we should enjoy every moment in this life!

    Reply this comment
  72. joe gersch
    joe gersch 3 April, 2014, 14:49

    my daughter changed me to have more patience

    Reply this comment
  73. Cori Westphal
    Cori Westphal 6 April, 2014, 18:22

    My kids have taught me that you can fully function without sleeping until noon like when I was a teenager! LOL

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

    Reply this comment
  74. Wanda McHenry
    Wanda McHenry 7 April, 2014, 00:17

    I only have a furbaby, I was unfortunate and couldn’t carry. But, she is our joy and she brings so much love and happiness to our life.

    Reply this comment
  75. mysweetiepiepie
    mysweetiepiepie 7 April, 2014, 14:51

    I’ve learned a lot about patience and the power of laughter.

    Reply this comment
  76. Kerry
    Kerry 8 April, 2014, 16:47

    My kids have taught me selflessness and a deeper love than I’ve ever known!

    Reply this comment
  77. tara pittman
    tara pittman 8 April, 2014, 21:39

    My kids have made my life so much funner.

    Reply this comment
  78. Ashley
    Ashley 9 April, 2014, 04:35

    My kids made me more creative. They brought back my playful side

    Reply this comment
  79. Debbie B
    Debbie B 9 April, 2014, 20:47

    I learned that even if everything isn’t perfect – hey its ok!

    Reply this comment
  80. Gianna
    Gianna 10 April, 2014, 12:56

    They’ve made me a more giving person.

    Reply this comment
  81. maria cantu
    maria cantu 10 April, 2014, 15:31

    to put others needs first

    Reply this comment
  82. Vee
    Vee 11 April, 2014, 06:48

    He’s helped me step outside my own perspective.

    Reply this comment
  83. kjasus
    kjasus 11 April, 2014, 06:53

    my son has forced me to slow down and enjoy every moment

    Reply this comment
  84. Misty Lunceford
    Misty Lunceford 11 April, 2014, 18:16

    They have showed me how to pause and enjoy the little things in life!

    Reply this comment
  85. cw
    cw 11 April, 2014, 18:18

    My daughter has helped me live in the now and see the world through a child’s eyes….ahhh the wonder!

    Reply this comment
  86. Julie
    Julie 13 April, 2014, 12:46

    I have changed for the better by putting others before myself and having more patient. Thanks for the giveaway

    Reply this comment
  87. Lisa V.
    Lisa V. 13 April, 2014, 16:57

    Because I had my daughter at such a young age, I had to grow up quite quickly and become a responsible adult and parent.

    Reply this comment
  88. Seyma Shabbir
    Seyma Shabbir 13 April, 2014, 21:32

    I have 2 sons, 4 and 6. They have taught me to be more patient.

    Reply this comment
  89. Betty C
    Betty C 14 April, 2014, 00:40

    Having children taught me to try harder to be patient. I’m not sure I’ve succeeded yet. Just think of getting 5 children under 6 years old dressed and out of the house on time. Yeah, allow an extra hour in the planning stage.

    Reply this comment
  90. Anna Pry
    Anna Pry 14 April, 2014, 07:18

    they have helped me be less selfish and more patient pryfamily5@gmail.com

    Reply this comment
  91. Erica C.
    Erica C. 14 April, 2014, 22:00

    Made me realize it’s okay not to control everything.

    Reply this comment
  92. michelle jacobsen
    michelle jacobsen 14 April, 2014, 22:52

    Having kids changed my perspective on what is truly important

    Reply this comment
  93. Gina M
    Gina M 15 April, 2014, 03:18

    My son has made me a much more patient person, and he makes me take the time to stop and appreciate the little things.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

    Reply this comment
  94. Gina M
    Gina M 15 April, 2014, 03:20

    tweet-https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/456014118575955968

    Reply this comment
  95. Neiddy
    Neiddy 15 April, 2014, 04:43

    Being a mom has made me a much sweeter, loving and caring person.

    Reply this comment
  96. Nancy
    Nancy 15 April, 2014, 07:24

    They make you slow down and see the world from a different view. It seems that until you have kids you don’t appreciate the little things…..things you used to just walk by and never gave a thought to.

    Reply this comment
  97. Stephanie L.
    Stephanie L. 15 April, 2014, 07:58

    Once I had kids I became less self-centered, got to feel what it was like to be a kid again, made me see the world in a much different way, made me value my own life more, it made my relationship with my husband, parents and sisters even stronger and overall I feel like I feel emotions even stronger.

    Reply this comment
  98. clynsg
    clynsg 15 April, 2014, 11:25

    By seeing the wonder in even some not so great things–like bugs!

    Reply this comment
  99. Nicole Larsen
    Nicole Larsen 15 April, 2014, 12:41

    My kids have made me to constantly strive to be the best mom I can…I quit smoking 5 years ago for them…I’m always trying to set a positive example for them. I was an adventure seeker before them…now I’m much more cautious about EVERYTHING!

    Reply this comment
  100. Douglas Houston
    Douglas Houston 15 April, 2014, 14:25

    I tend to be a spur of the moment person but having kids changed that for good. You have to plan things out, you have to bring this, that and the other thing. When a kid has to pee, they mean Now not ten minutes from now.

    Reply this comment
  101. Daniel M
    Daniel M 15 April, 2014, 15:53

    they have taught me patience

    Reply this comment
  102. Shannon
    Shannon 15 April, 2014, 20:27

    I learned unconditional love! My kids have taught me to enjoy every moment!

    Reply this comment
  103. Harmony B
    Harmony B 16 April, 2014, 01:06

    My kids made me realize what and who are important to have in my life and to appreciate every moment.

    Reply this comment
  104. Allison S.
    Allison S. 16 April, 2014, 06:44

    No kids yet!

    Reply this comment
  105. Karen Drake
    Karen Drake 16 April, 2014, 06:57

    My kids have changed me for the better by making me see life through their young eyes, kids are so positive and see the best in life and other people.

    Reply this comment
  106. Deb
    Deb 16 April, 2014, 07:42

    My kids have taught me to slow down and take the stop and smell the roses philosophy so to speak.

    Reply this comment
  107. latanya
    latanya 16 April, 2014, 08:16

    I am more patient

    Reply this comment
  108. Erica Best
    Erica Best 16 April, 2014, 08:47

    teaching and help my nephew has help with more patient

    Reply this comment
  109. Lance A Pearson
    Lance A Pearson 16 April, 2014, 09:20

    I quit smoking for my little 4 year old daughter because she asked me. After 26 years of the habit I kicked it for her..I want to see her grow up!

    Reply this comment
  110. mariem
    mariem 16 April, 2014, 11:51

    I feel like having kids made me live in the moment, and taught me what was really important. Being a mom is the best thing in my life. I love my kids more than anything.
    4mariemh atgmaildot com

    Reply this comment
  111. Emily P
    Emily P 16 April, 2014, 12:31

    I consider myself an amazing multi-tasker thanks to my daughter

    Reply this comment
  112. Tanya Bartlett
    Tanya Bartlett 16 April, 2014, 13:25

    They have changed me for the better by teaching me patience

    Reply this comment
  113. Bruce
    Bruce 16 April, 2014, 15:15

    Teaching me time management

    Reply this comment
  114. Ellie W
    Ellie W 16 April, 2014, 15:22

    My kids have changed me completely. The minute I had my first son I knew that the world wasn’t all about me anymore. For the first time I experienced true selflessness. I have 3 grown sons and 2 grandsons now and they are the most important things in the world to me.

    Reply this comment
  115. Kristen
    Kristen 16 April, 2014, 18:10

    Kids remind us to slow down, unplug and go outside!

    Reply this comment
  116. MARIA simon
    MARIA simon 16 April, 2014, 18:35

    MY CHILDREN TAUGHT ME THAT THE BED IS ALWAYS BIG ENOUGH FOR THEM 🙂

    Reply this comment
  117. MARIA simon
    MARIA simon 16 April, 2014, 18:35

    I DIDNT KNOW I COULD EVER LOVE SO MUCH

    Reply this comment
  118. Sky evans
    Sky evans 16 April, 2014, 19:15

    They taught me compassion

    Reply this comment
  119. Francine Anchondo
    Francine Anchondo 16 April, 2014, 20:26

    My kids have taught me to appreciate the little things and patience.

    Reply this comment
  120. Lyndsey R.
    Lyndsey R. 16 April, 2014, 20:26

    My son teaches me to live, laugh and love more and more each day. The day he entered this world I became selfless for him. He will be 9 coming up in May and I cannot believe how many ways my life has changed in those 9 years…but all in all he still remains to be the light of my life.

    Reply this comment
  121. Tabathia B
    Tabathia B 16 April, 2014, 21:02

    They have made me more patient and have given me so much joy

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

    Reply this comment
  122. Tabathia B
    Tabathia B 16 April, 2014, 21:08

    tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/456645090157416448

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

    Reply this comment
  123. Anna E.
    Anna E. 16 April, 2014, 21:34

    I have found love, patience, and happiness with my babies.

    Reply this comment
  124. tracey byram
    tracey byram 17 April, 2014, 04:32

    My kids taught me patience and letting go to have fun.

    Reply this comment
  125. Amanda Sakovitz
    Amanda Sakovitz 17 April, 2014, 06:15

    I am more patient.

    Reply this comment
  126. Carolyn Daley
    Carolyn Daley 17 April, 2014, 06:37

    I don’t have any kids of my own unless you count cats, but I am an Aunt. My nephew has taught me the joys of life and patience.

    Reply this comment
  127. susan smoaks
    susan smoaks 17 April, 2014, 06:38

    my kids have changed my life for the better by showing me how to enjoy the little things in life. life is too short to be mad, just smile and have a good time.

    Reply this comment
  128. Lauren Knott
    Lauren Knott 17 April, 2014, 07:50

    My two little boys are the best things I have ever done. They make me whole.

    Reply this comment
  129. vivian blevins
    vivian blevins 17 April, 2014, 08:32

    to be more patent.

    Reply this comment
  130. Thomas Murphy
    Thomas Murphy 17 April, 2014, 10:18

    My kids have made my alot more responsible and caring.

    Reply this comment
  131. Sherry Conrad
    Sherry Conrad 17 April, 2014, 11:53

    I am more aware of how my actions affect the world.

    Reply this comment
  132. Cheryl W.
    Cheryl W. 17 April, 2014, 12:53

    Having kids has taught me so much, and helped me become the woman I am today. It is a learning and living process every single day. Losing one of those precious kids has taught me even more than I can imagine. Children are such a gift to be cherished. Becoming a mother is one of the most single, most wonderful things in the world. The death of a child doesn’t change the fact that you will always be a mom, because that doesn’t stop with their passing.

    Reply this comment
  133. Mihaela Day
    Mihaela Day 17 April, 2014, 14:59

    My kids taught me love, patience and responsibility

    Reply this comment
  134. Sarah L
    Sarah L 17 April, 2014, 15:25

    I’ve never had kids. I think they teach you to live in the moment.

    Thanks for the contest.

    Reply this comment
  135. Candie L
    Candie L 17 April, 2014, 18:51

    I have learned watching them see the world develop around them. Thank you

    Reply this comment
  136. Tina d Reynolds
    Tina d Reynolds 17 April, 2014, 19:46

    I understand love so much more and the future is even more important I have a million times more patience. I also use to wish for time to fly by (growup) and now I wish it would slow down. 

    Reply this comment
  137. Eugenie
    Eugenie 18 April, 2014, 22:30

    Children make me more responsive to others needs.

    Reply this comment
  138. Lee
    Lee 18 April, 2014, 22:33

    Made me more responsible.

    Reply this comment
  139. Ashley Tucker
    Ashley Tucker 19 April, 2014, 06:43

    Kid’s have made me have more patience.

    Reply this comment

Write a Comment

Your e-mail address will not be published.
Required fields are marked*