I’d wager that most of us who choose parenthood understand that our lives will be different after kids. However, what’s amusing to me are the various ways this can play out at different times of the year. For example, winter gets a bad wrap, but it’s still got lots of perks (in my opinion). Once kids are throw into the mix, there’s the extra cuteness of tiny hats and mittens, not to mention puffy snowsuits. In fact, there are a number of ways that winter is totally difference once you have a kid.
In some ways, it’s more challenging, and you’re stuck doing more time-consuming things when all you really want to do read books, wear scarves all the time and drink frothy beverages next to a fireplace for all hours of the day (actually, I want to do this throughout the year, but especially in the winter). In some ways, of course, it’s more awesome because you can enjoy your favorite things about the season with your kids, too.
While, yes, my son is still a bit too young for National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, you can bet that he will be ceremoniously introduced to it in the near(ish) future. Here are a few other ways that winter changes after kids arrive: