Which of us, after having a child, doesn’t get tired of hearing from those without kids that their life is so much better? News Alert…I once didn’t have a little dude myself and know exactly how the other side lives (pretty good, actually) but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our benefits as parents. So here’s just the first list of reasons why having a child was a great idea! And yes, the sappy, “snuggles and kisses” ARE NOT on here…even though they’re better than any night club in the world.

Why Let Your Mistakes Have No Use?

If we’re being honest with ourselves we all made some pretty dumb mistakes but they don’t all have to be for naught. These past regrets can become great teaching tools for our next generation. However, we have to be careful and go about sharing them correctly, in the right way at the right time, so that they are received properly. Otherwise our kids will become tone deaf to these life-cheat-sheets and all advantages of using these experiences as a way of helping them avoid the same pitfalls will be lost.

 

It’s Your Greatest Reason to Get out of Stuff

Before having kids we were always being invited to things that we weren’t exactly too excited about going to. However, after having a kid I realized that either some of those people no longer wanted us to hang out, because we were now living in a world they wanted nothing to do with, or we now had a valid excuse on why we weren’t going to be able to make it to their Godson’s christening.

 

Who’s Going to Change Your Diapers One Day?

Depends, right? Sorry had to go there. But seriously, one day we’re going to be old and decrepit that changing our own socks, let alone diapers, is going to be a dreaded task. If you’re like me you either don’t want to have some stranger performing this on you everyday or you want to get back at your kids for potty training so late (no judging here). So like any gains, we have to put our time in now so that we can get a return on our investment. I changed your diapers, so pay up!

 

Tax Credits

Now which one of us doesn’t want more money? Well having a kid will do the opposite of that but once a year the government thanks us for creating more tax payers and gives us a fat $1k for every kid we have. Sure, that’s less than what we spend on them but it’s still a perk at the end of the day. Unfortunately our kids can’t start making money for us until they’re a bit older (I’m looking at you parents of Tiger Woods and the Williams sisters).

 

Who Else Will Avenge Your Death If You’re Murdered?

The chance that someone kills me may be slim but in this new world we live in…who knows?! And if that tragic day ever comes I hold no hope in the justice system and can only wish that one day my son will say, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya, er, I mean, Edger Holden. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”