05/02/2014 04:00 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

13 Ways Living With a Toddler Is Like Going to an Amusement Park

Everyone knows that living with a toddler isn't all fun and games. In fact, I've spent a fair amount of time whining about the fact that it's NO fun and games.

Today I'm going to let you in on a little secret: it's SOME fun and games.

A lot of it is stressful and loud and crowded and dirty, but the good parts make it all worth it. So, no: living with a toddler is NOT like being in prison (except when it is). It's actually more like going to an amusement park.

Allow me to explain...

13 Ways Living With a Toddler Is Like

Going to an Amusement Park

  1. You've never been more sticky.
  2. Everything around you is loud and brightly colored.
  3. Your company has four moods: hyper, perky, hyper-perky and screaming.
  4. People are constantly asking for things they can't have.
  5. It costs a fortune.
  6. You really want a leash, but it seems inappropriate.
  7. A good 45 to 65 percent of your day involves taking pictures.
  9. You really want a drink, but it seems inappropriate.
  10. You're surrounded by stuffed animals, some of which can talk, some of which are terrifying.
  11. There's a better-than-average chance that someone is going to throw up.
  12. You're always amazed more people don't get seriously injured.
  13. At the end of the day, your feet are killing you from walking, your back is killing you from carrying things/people and your mouth is killing you from smiling.


Read more from Mike Julianelle on his blog, Dad and Buried.

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