Certain changes I anticipated when I had a child: I have wipes stashed on every floor and in every car, I always carry several snacks with me, and my daily word count totals at least twice what it was in my pre-kid days. But other shifts in my behavior I did not expect. In fact, some of them run completely contrary to the pictures our culture paints of parenthood. For instance:
1. I read more now.
While my book count certainly approaches nowhere near what it did during my college and graduate school career, I read more books than I did before having children. I am stuck waiting much more often now in carpool drop-offs, sporting events, and appointments. In these awkward pockets of time, I try to read a few pages on my Kindle app rather than clicking through my social media feeds. While I know that my daughter does not know whether I am reading on my phone or bouncing between click bait articles, I know, and I am more self-conscious about how I am spending my downtime.Read More