13 unexpected perks of parenting

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Sleepless nights, frantic school runs, food in your hair…no one would say that parenting is easy, but it's not all bad. From foolproof excuses to guilt-free snacking, here are some pretty amazing perks of being a parent.

Getting out of literally anything

Getting out of literally anything

“My default excuse for not attending another tedious party is 'we can't get a babysitter' (I haven't even asked). How on earth did I shirk these things before my son came along?”

The chance to relive your own childhood

The chance to relive your own childhood

“I now get to play with all the toys my parents wouldn't buy me.”

Reaping the VIP (Very Important Parent) benefits

Reaping the VIP (Very Important Parent) benefits

“Parent and child parking spaces (when I can find one).”

“You can jump airport queues once checked in!”

Having infinite power

Having infinite power

“I love having to spell out words when we don't want the kids to know something. No idea why it appeals to me so much.”

“Being the fount of all knowledge – they have no idea if you get something wrong.”

Widening your friendship circle

Widening your friendship circle

“We lived in our village for two years before having my son and didn't know anyone. I now know loads of local people and have a lovely group of friends.”

Fish fingers (and other delicious delicacies)

Fish fingers (and other delicious delicacies)

“I love having a fridge full of Petit Filous.”

“Leftover dinner and dessert.”

Guaranteed cover for your embarrassing personal habits

Guaranteed cover for your embarrassing personal habits

“Singing in the street. I used to do it anyway, but now I get indulgent smiles and not alarmed glares.”

“I pass wind whenever the need arises and then pull a face and smell my closest child's bum.”

Chocolate, and other assorted treats

Chocolate, and other assorted treats

“Everyone needs an Easter egg – the Easter bunny wouldn't skip Mummy!”

“Stopping for 'snack breaks' when out – a great excuse for cake and tea.”

A second bite at the tween style cherry

A second bite at the tween style cherry

“I wear multicoloured hair bobbles with no shame! I'm given them occasionally by my daughter, aged four.”

An extra pair of hands

An extra pair of hands

“Having a buggy with me at all times to hang the shopping from. How did I ever manage with just two hands?”

And a full retinue of personal staff

And a full retinue of personal staff

“My daughter can now make a cup of tea. Job done.”

“Having my own advisors 'in house' when I need someone to explain the latest technology to me.”

In-depth knowledge of pop culture

In-depth knowledge of pop culture

“That feeling of being young again because you can talk knowledgeably about Zayn Malik's reasons for leaving One Direction. I know loads of teenage stuff now that I wouldn't have known as a teenager because I was too nerdy.”

And finally, feeling important (because you really are)

And finally, feeling important (because you really are)

“Explaining things to my curious son. I love how interested he is in the world and how I get to be one of the people to help him learn about it.”

“Watching my daughter grow into a funny and beautiful young girl and having that 'I made her' moment.”

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