I have read several topics where folks talk about how hard it is being a parent. From feeding issues to potty training and sleepless nights to temper tantrums. I must say as a stay at home dad, this is by far the toughest job out there. I have had a couple of different jobs in my past from a busboy as a teenager to a jailer as an adult. I worked in one of the worst known jails in our state for a little over 5 years before my wife and I had children and I quit to stay home with them. I am not trying to sound big and bad or anything, but I have had crap and urine thrown in my face. I have had a tooth knocked out during a fight which led to extensive dental work. I have help cut dead bodies down from cells of suicide victims. I have seen some of it all. I was just thinking earlier though, it was alot easier going through all of that than being a full time parent. In the jail you just hand the inmate his food, if he eats it fine and if he don't fine. At night if the inmate will not go to sleep, it is no big deal, all you have to do is make sure he stays locked up. If the inmate gets a cold, you don't have to wipe his nose. If the inmate starts to cry, you don't have to hold him or comfort him. If the inmate dirties his cell, you don't have to pick up after him, it is his choice if he wants to lay around in nastiness. I could go on and on. I am sure you could take any job out there and break down the comparisons. As a parent you do have to worry about the child eating right, you do have to wipe their nose when sick, you do have to clean up behind them, you do have to worry about them getting a good night sleep, and so on and so on. I say all of this to prove to a few of my family members and some friends that say I have the good life because I don't work a public job anymore, your crazy. But I would not take nothing for my life as it is now with my children. And as tough and hard as it can get, there is nothing like being able to spend some good times with those precious gifts God has blessed you with. So when you think you are about to go crazy because of the little ones actions of the day, just stop and think about the precious times that come along with it. Just having my boys smile and say I love you every now and then make the darkest days bright. Thank God for children.
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