Babysitting vs Parenting

I have a friend who has children. Every time they have to stay at home to watch their kids they say "i can't go out tonight, I'm baby sitting". In truth this bothers me immensely. I'm not sure what the thought process is behind that statement. If you are at home taking care of your own child you are not babysitting, i believe what you are doing is called parenting. Children are a joy and a blessing. If spending time with your children is a chore to you then you were probably not prepared for having them, or you are just a total shit head. Now don't get me wrong i am aware that children are not always a joy to be around. They cry, shit, fuss, and misbehave. But they are yours! They are a little piece of you running around and regardless of whatever stupid shit they do just having them is an absolute gift that not everyone gets to experience. Babysitting means at some point you get to give them back. If this is your child i have a news flash. You can't give it back. But don't worry, you do get a break at some point. Around the age of 20. Your child will grow up and hopefully at some point move out on their own. Until that point though maybe those of you that are babysitting your own children need to reconnect with your family and realize that you are luckier then some and that the years you have with them when they require constant adult supervision are some of the best years you will ever have as a parent. Because mark my words, they will hit their teens and then they will not want anything to do with you.

1. to take charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.

9. to be or act as parent of: to parent children with both love and discipline.


Sarah said...

Great post. And I agree 100%. Some people just shouldnt have kids.