Every once in a while, a parent is blessed with the
opportunity to converse with a non-parent who believes they know everything
about having a child. These people are often teachers, nannies, and volunteers
at local after school programs and they are totally adorable. I mean, so
precious in their ignorant little bubble of bliss. Regardless of how much time
they’ve spent with children, how many hours they’ve devoted to the rearing of littles, or how much they want to be right about everything, there are some
things you can’t know before having a baby. There are so many things kid-free people don’t
know. There are so many things it’s impossible to know before having a baby and
these are usually the things you should know. Yes, that’s right: These
non-parents don’t know because they haven’t done it (yet, maybe) and we parents can’t
tell them because words will never be enough.
There are things non-parents should know about babies.
Preferably, there are things people should know before having a baby. But, of
course, they can’t. So, let me fill you in on a few of the delightful things,
which won’t even remotely come close to reality because you can’t smell puke
through the Internet (please, no one invent that) and this article can’t
simulate sleeping every third day for a few years. But I'll do my best to give you a general idea of some of the things you simply can't know about having a baby before you actually have one.