12 hidden perks of being a parent

Parenting may sometimes seem like a thankless job, but these surprising bonuses make your sacrifices so worthwhile!

When you’re thinking about starting a family, it’s easy to come up with a laundry list of reasons why you shouldn’t. Indeed, raising a child is a lifelong and costly responsibility for you and your spouse.

Yet, having kids can also give you awesome perks. You become more patient, more mature in your thinking and also get what unconditional love means. That’s not all. We’ve rounded up some less well-known plusses you’ll like...

1) You’ll always have an excuse to skip social events

It doesn’t matter that you received the invitation to your friend’s sister’s wedding months ago, you have to ferry junior to a last-minute tuition lesson for an important upcoming exam. Never mind that it’s just spelling and dictation and junior still has another week to practise.

2) It can simplify your decision-making

From the get-go, your child’s needs come first, especially since you’re dealing with a temperamental bundle who cries at the slightest discomfort. So, before long, all your plans are at the mercy of your child’s needs, which simplifies your decision-making — somewhat. Christine Xu, 35, notes that her hubby used to complain about her indecisiveness when it came to picking where to go for a meal. “Now, if the place doesn’t have high chairs for my daughter, then it’s a no-brainer.”

In fact, just breastfeeding your bundle will help your body burn off calories.

3) You have an excuse for your messy home

If ensuring a spick and span home was never your forte, you now have a legit excuse for your messy home — blame it on your toddler. After all, it’s possible that they’ll mess up your room anyway while playing dress up!

4) You no longer need a gym membership

In fact, just breastfeeding your bundle will help your body burn off calories. Also, once your mini-me starts walking and running, their insatiable energy and curiosity will see you chasing after them all day long.

5) You have a mini-stand-up comedian at home

It’s no secret that your little angel’s giggles are infectious and you’ll do anything to hear that incredible sound again and again. Sometimes, their reactions are just as hilarious, just search YouTube for babies eating lemons for the first time. But the real fun begins when they start honing their reasoning skills, which will also leave you in stiches. Mother of one Alison Ang, 43, recounts an occasion when her 6-year-old son asked her why someone would order a head to be delivered to their home. “After questioning him, we realised he was referring to the flyer we got from a food delivery service. It read — order ahead to avoid disappointment.”