What Do You Miss About Life Before Kids?

by Dr. Punita Rice Life

What do you miss about life before kids - World of Warcraft

What do you miss about life before kids? Being a parent is absolutely wonderful, and I constantly count my blessings (seriously, I love, love, love being a mom, and I wouldn’t have it any other way). Let’s be real though: life after kids is different. There must be a part of every parent that misses certain things about life before becoming a parent, right?

The thing I miss most? Playing World of Warcraft.

I played for years, on and off from 2007. I stopped playing, unfortunately (or fortunately?) before I got pregnant …my life in Azeroth required a pretty big time commitment. I spent hours and hours and hours exploring the world, questing, and going on raids, and a small part of me really misses it. (And watching Game of Thrones or anything else related to fantasy/hero/epic settings makes the longing worse). A much, much bigger part of me recognizes that even if I weren’t a parent, it’s probably healthier that I’m no longer spending hours and hours and hours playing. 🙂

Anyway, there’s no denying that once you become a parent, you have a lot less free time. (Understatement of the year). So, I’m curious… For the other parents out there, what are some things you used to do before becoming a parent that you miss doing now? Or, more generally:

What do you miss about life before kids?

(This is a 100% judgment free zone! Be free!)

(The movie was horrible, by the way. But it was such a good WoW fix that I still enjoyed watching it. Twice.)

P.S. – Why being a new parent is insane, a hilarious video that captures a parent’s fantasy, photos from our first Diwali as a family of 3, and the music of my true home.

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Dr. Punita Rice

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Dr. Punita Rice is a wife and mama, an education researcher, a writer, the founder and director of ISAASE, and an advisor with Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Doctor of Education program. Her work centers around multicultural education and equity, and South Asian American experiences in school. You can read more about Punita and her work here. Punita also writes about life, culture, education, and motherhood here on her blog. She works from home in Maryland, and drinks a great deal of coffee.