When most people daydream about the day they’ll become a parent, it goes something like this…
You’ll be wearing a lovely sundress at your goal weight and a beautiful little girl running towards you, laughing. There might be some daisy-chain-making involved. Perhaps a newborn baby lying peacefully in your arms while you gaze into their little faces and wonder what all the fuss was about. Or you imagine a son, who worships you and tells you he loves you often. He might stop and give you hugs across the course of the day…
Isn’t it just lovely?
Well, daydreams are for suckers. I know. I’m a mother-of-three. I love my children more than coffee and chocolate but motherhood is about survival. It’s hard work. It’s thankless.
It can also be a total blast.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Nissan. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
What I’m trying to say is that your daydreams aren’t reality. Here’s how to know if you’re ready to be a parent. Take the girl, the baby and the boy from the aforementioned daydreams, put them in a car and go on a road trip.
You’ll know by the end of the trip if you’re ready to be a parent.
Taking a driving holiday with children is the only way to find out what you’re really made of. By the end of it you will know the answers to the following questions:
1. Am I calm in a crisis, like, say, when a child vomits and it hits me on the back of the neck?
2. Can I multi-task, doing eight things at once, holding three different conversations while driving safely?
3. Can the police see that I am trying to remove the annoying plastic seal from a bottle of water and do they know I am then planning on trying to hand it to my daughter who is seated directly behind me?
4. Are driving holidays a good idea when you have kids?
I know the answer to all of these questions and they are yes, yes, no and YES. However a driving holiday is only a good idea if you have the right car.
At the moment I drive a smallish 4WD with inadequate air conditioning, hardly any boot space and totally devoid of leg space. The most high-tech thing about it is the cigarette lighter which charges my iPhone, until it stopped working.