Lots of folks struggle with the idea of whether or not to have children. It's a huge commitment, for sure, but here are 100 great arguments for leaping into offspring.
Never jump on the bed alone again
Have your own personal mini-me
Excuse to go to the circus
Guaranteed daily hugs and kisses
Share your favorite childhood books
Excuse for house being a mess
Family playtime on the bed
Sparklers on July 4th
Jumping in autumn leaves
Making snow angels
Stomping through spring puddles
Lollipops at the bank drive-thru
Little prayers that bless everything from rainbows to elbows
Dandelion fairy wands
The world's greatest pretty rock collection
Being the smartest person on the planet for knowing the answers to all the little questions
The Tooth Fairy
Finding animal shapes in clouds
First "I love you!
First "I hate you!" (It doesn't sting as badly as you might think, because you know with all your heart it's not true.)
Tag — you're it
Made you look!
Got your nose!
Spoons of yucky food flying into the airplane hangar
Noncommissioned art on walls and refrigerators
Someone to blame "that smell" on
The other chubby cheeks
Best audience for your stale jokes
Knock, knock — Who's there?
Entertainment for boring Sunday School lessons
They live longer than gerbils
Excuse to leave a dull party
French fry tax (paying parents their due for buying them)
Kids eat free
Kids stay free
Cheap personal trainer
Personal assistant/private nurse/doctor/mechanic/gopher/stylist
First day of school
First report card
First phone call from opposite sex
Learning to drive
Keep you current on the new math
Breakfast in bed;
Mother's and Father's Day
Homemade valentines and wildflower bouquets
Midnight milk shake runs (this one is very personal!)
First real job
Setting up first real apartment
Finally understanding God's unconditional love.
Becky Lyn is an author and a 35+ year (most of the time) single mom.
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