You Know You're a Parent When...

You Know You're a Parent When...You Know You're a Parent When...Parents look at the world differently than single, childless folks. Soccer practice takes precedence over scotch tastings. If you're up late on a consulting job, chances are you're advising Grade 4 science fair experiments. While your single friends are chasing someone to snuggle, parents crave the real estate of a bed with only one person in it. Here are 7 sure signs that someone's a parent, brought to you by parents who commit these very same acts.

You know you're a parent when...






You favor a certain kind of restaurant. You favor a certain kind of restaurant. 1. You favor a certain kind of restaurant.
Choosing a restaurant, you tend to prefer the ones with keg-sized glasses of wine and kid's menus.
- JP Holecka









Your victory dance involves Dora the Explorer. Your victory dance involves Dora the Explorer. 2. Your victory dance involves Dora the Explorer.
You achieve something at work, and your first thought is to sing the "We Did It" song from Dora.
- Stephanie Winans








You see a garbage truck and you... You see a garbage truck and you... 3. You see a garbage truck and you...
Yell "GARBAGE TRUCK!" Even when you're not with your kids.
- Meghan Gesswein







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Every bag is a toy box. Every bag is a toy box. 4. Every bag is a toy box.
You pull your laptop out your bag during a meeting, and an action figure falls out on the conference room table.
- Amber Doty








When you gotta go... When you gotta go... 5. When you gotta go...
You ask other adults where the potty is.
- Shannon Hilton









You don't shop like you used to. You don't shop like you used to. 6. You don't shop like you used to.
You finally find the time to go shopping by yourself and the first store you hit is Gap Kids.
- Regina Principe









Related: 20 simple ways to show your kids you love them


You become a human garbage disposal. You become a human garbage disposal. 7. You become a human garbage disposal.
You've swallowed your kid's gum because there wasn't a garbage anywhere nearby.
- Jeff Rutledge






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