Life moves in cycles, or so they say. Whoever "they" are, they're definitely right if they're talking about parenthood as a moment of coming what one would consider "full circle." You end up revisiting a lot of your own childhood when you raise kids, and there are definitely times when living with a kid is like living with your parents.
When I was younger, I couldn't wait to grow up. When you're constantly being bossed around by parents and teachers, it's easy to longingly wish for a day when you can just do whatever you want. However, adulthood isn't at all like I imagined. Turns out, eating cupcakes for breakfast makes you feel sick for a big chunk of the day, and if you never go to bed you'll still fall asleep anyway, just at some really inconvenient time like your first important work meeting of the day. Even if there are no parents telling you what to do, you still have all sorts of consequences to deal with. Ugh. If you have kids, then you get another set of people whose agenda basically dictates how you spend all of your time. They're definitely way cuter than your parents were, though, so at least there's that.
Most of the time, I can't decide if it's better to be one of the grown-ups in our house, or if it's better to be one of the kids. On the one hand, when you're a kid you don't have to pay bills or worry about any mistake you make resulting in lifelong damage (or even death) to the people you love most. On the other hand, when you're a grown-up, you can have wine. Either way, there are way more similarities than I ever would have guessed when I was younger, especially at times like the following.