When Children Change Your Lives

Recently, I saw a preview for the Dreamworks movie “Delivery Man,” starring Vince Vaughn.  It looked like something right up my alley.  The perfect comedy of errors which leads to self-reflection and improved character.  (Pretty hefty meaning for Vince Vaughn, right???)  The movie is a hilarious and heartfelt movie about a man who goes on an unexpected journey to find his children that he never knew he had. Watching the preview in the movie theater made me stop and think about how drastically mine and Chris’ lives have changed since our own two children came into our lives.  It’s not actually our lives that have changed so much, I guess.  I mean, sure, we now spend the majority of our time chasing children as opposed to drinking beer on our back porch.  We still do drink beer on our back porch from time to time.  And, yes, we do find ourselves saying strange things now like, “Don’t hit your sister with the golf club,” or “No, you can’t bury our LIVING dog in the back yard.”  So, in those respects, our lives have definitely changed. IMG_8392 But really, what has changed the most is who Chris and I are as a couple.  When we had children together, it was like we suddenly opened up this giant reservoir of love in our marriage that we never even knew existed.  We have loved each other for just about our entire lives, but when we looked at these two perfect little people that we made together…  I don’t know.  It was just a different, deeper kind of love.  It was a love that I feel to my core, deep, deep down in my bones. Chris and I have learned together as parents.  We’ve grown together.  And we’ve changed together.  But throughout every trial and triumph we have faced in parenthood, that reservoir of love has continued to deepen and flow.  It seems endless at times.  Like this deep abyss of warmth and love and light that radiates out of each of us because we have done this incredible thing together.  Because we are DOING this incredible thing together.  We have created babies and we are raising them as one family.  Together. I hear so many young couples say that they aren’t ready to have children yet because they are enjoying their time together.  And I completely understand that.  Chris and I were married for five years before we had Michael, and it was a lovely time together.  We needed that time together.  But, I often want to smile and whisper to those couples, “Oh, sweetheart, you just have no idea how deep your love can be.” But I stop myself because I don’t want to give away the happy ending. IMG_7712 In celebration of the changes that children bring to our lives and the world around us, BlogHer is sponsoring a $100 Visa gift card giveaway on MC today.  Leave a comment below telling me how kids have changed your life for the better. To learn more about Dreamworks’ “Delivery Man,” be sure to visit their Facebook page.  You can also pre-order a copy of the Blu-ray and Digital HD, scheduled to release on March 25, by clicking here.  Just be sure you have tissues handy.  You’ll laugh until you cry, and then you’ll cry until you laugh.  You’ve been warned!

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201 Thoughts to “When Children Change Your Lives”

  1. Erin

    I couldn’t believe how much I learned about myself when I had my first child! She helped me to see myself so clearly; I wanted to be a better person for her. And life is just lots more fun with little ones! 🙂

  2. Adriane L

    It’s definitely the love factor that changed…it makes you a different person loving something the two of you have created!

  3. Adrienne

    Having children has turned this night owl into a morning person! Now if we sleep in till 8, it feels like half the day is gone. It took a while to adjust, but now I love it – and cherish the time with the wee ones in the morning before they head off to daycare and work. 🙂

  4. Sarah Gregory

    I was compeletly changed when my daughter was born. I was a hell raising, slightly wild party girl who didn’t give a care about what the future might hold. Having her made me settle down and think about what may come; and also led me to my husband which in turn led me to my son. There’s no telling where I’d be if it wasn’t for her and I thank God everyday for the beautiful mistake he gave me. I’ve learned so much and gained so much from having her.

  5. Oh so many things have changed, but I would have to agree that our relationship is so much stronger after the kids. They challenged the bond at first (and still at times), but have mostly just strengthened it even when they challenge us.

  6. Alyssa

    Kids have made me see what’s really important in life. It’s not about the fashions, the galas, the status symbols that so many young working professionals strive for. It’s about this greater thing in life. Learning to appreciate little things, getting to see the world over again through someone else’s eyes, learning what’s really important in your core and teaching it to someone else. It’s a beautiful thing that you never realize until you have kids.

  7. Ashley H

    I laugh so much more now that I have kids!

  8. I loved reading this. My husband and I (we’ve been married almost six years) are expecting our first baby in a couple of months. While I know things will be hard between us at first as we make this transition, I’m so excited to experience our lives together as an even bigger family and to see my husband become a father. It’s making me all teary-eyed thinking about it. Blame the hormones!

  9. Kristen

    We are a mere 4 weeks away from our first little one joining us, so while we are only beginning this journey I already feel like it has changed us in some ways. We’ve been more actively putting one another first (he has seen carrying a baby ain’t so easy, and I’ve tried to make sure I still do what I can to pitch in rather than take advantage and lay around on my couch). I know this will be even more important once the little guy arrives so rather than passing the buck (or the diaper changing duty) we’ll be more inclined to support one another.

  10. Before we had our first child, my husband and I used to call ourselves Team Andrews (Andrews is our last name). And we felt so united, so strong. But we had no idea what a team we would – we’d have to – become when we had our first child after four yeas of marriage! We were equally as proud to become parents, equally as lost as to how to be parents, and equally in love with our little family – we got to experience it all together. Now our little Team Andrews is about to grow by one member (our son is due in June), and I love looking back and giggling about how we were so proud to be this little naive married couple starting our own little “team.” We didn’t really have any idea what that phrase would and could mean until we experienced the ups and downs of raising children, an experience that made us grow so much stronger together knowing that we would have to appreciate each other’s strengths and faults and create our own path as a family. No one can adequately explain to you before having children just how madly in love you’ll be, how fiercely protective you’ll feel, and what a strong bond you’ll have with your little team – and it’s just awesome.

  11. I think that having kids has made me a better, nicer person. And it’s given me a kinder tongue. When you’ve got two little mini-me’s running around it’s very important that you’re a good model of kindness!

  12. Abby strand

    Having children has changed my whole perspective on life! The big things are smaller, the little things are bigger. And I never knew such a powerful love existed until my first child was placed in my arms.

  13. I was barely 31 when I had my son. I really thought I was a grown up already, but the last 2.5 years have taught me that my husband and I still had some growing up to do and we are doing it together. Becoming parents has changed us in the best possible way. Even on the evenings that we collapse on the couch after bedtime rituals, I wouldn’t change anything.

  14. girlsmama

    We have four daughters. Our beautiful girls our such an important part of our eternal bond. Even if we are at odds, our girls bring us back together.

  15. Children are the most amazing mirrors. They reflect how much you can love at your very best, and they also show you areas where you need to improve on yourself too. But those times when the sweetness of little minds shows through, it demonstrates how you love your husband in the purest form, and those moments will take your breath away.

  16. JoHanna

    My daughter changed my marriage and myself in a way that I never knew she could. We started working together instead of against each other. We both went back to school so she could have a better life. She made every part of our life better (except the sleep :p). And now we are expecting our second in May!

  17. Amy VH

    I learned how much my husband and I need to be on the same page. Before kids it was no problem to disagree (nicely) but now we really need a united front!

  18. I can’t really point to any one thing specifically, but our relationship is certainly more blessed now that we have kids!

  19. Lauren E.

    My daughter made me drastically more patient and responsible. She’s shown me how to stand in awe and delight for the small things in life too.

  20. Rachel

    We’re expecting our first child this spring, and she has already done so much for us–bringing my husband and I closer together, and forcing me to be a lot less of a control freak!

  21. Jay

    Oh a lot of things have changed for the better. I have a better appreciation for my parents for starters. I have more empathy towards others. My relationship with my sister has gotten better since I have so much more to talk and share about as both of us have kids so close in age. I choose my words and actions more carefully when my kids are around. I am praying more with and for the kids. I am also more aware of what is important in life – and don’t sweat the small stuff anymore.

  22. Katie L

    We laugh so much more now…especially with a 4 1/2 year old boy who does and says the strangest things!!

  23. Amanda

    Having children made me completely reconsider how I treated other people. I think I’m much more compassionate now, but much more assertive as well! Gotta be able to protect those little ones 🙂

  24. miriam

    They’ve definitely taught me about true love and grace but more importantly about forgiveness and new mercies

  25. Erin

    I love seeing my husband as a dad and I know he loves seeing me be a mom. Our little boy has changed our lives for the better!

  26. Tori

    I don’t have kids of my own just yet, but I see the love my friends and family have for their children and it is amazing to see how how much richer it makes their lives. Perhaps someday I will have the same experience!

  27. Melanie

    My daughter has opened my eyes anew to God’s unconditional love. Experiencing the world around me through her eyes is truly amazing. I am reminded that no matter how much I love her God loves her and me more. Some days are difficult and I feel as though I have failed as a mother, but everyday, no matter the circumstance ends with the knowledge that God blessed my husband and me with the greatest gift of all….one of His children.

  28. Michelle

    Before having my son, I was nervous about whether I could provide the guidance and resources that he needs to grow and learn. I also worried about whether I would be too selfish to raise a child properly.
    Fast forward to today- my son was recently diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and since then, my life has become a crazy whirlwind of therapy appointments, doctors visits, and phone calls to research financial aid in order to make sure that he has everything he needs to succeed (and that we don’t go broke in the process!).
    Admidst all this chaos, I have amazed myself at my ability to juggle all this- having my son has given me a strength and determination that I never knew I had before he got here.
    I’ve also been given the great privilege of watching my husband become a father; watching how his face lights up each day when he sees our son and watching them play together brings me incredible joy.
    And most of all, watching my son’s hard work and determination and seeing his ability to smile and laugh despite his frustrations continually amazes me. He makes me proud to be his mommy and I can’t imagine my life without him.

  29. Having my son made me more human. It makes me care about things that I never thought about before, it makes me more empathetic with people. Now, when someone is aggressive with me, I do not respond, I think, hey, he/she may be tired with a new baby at home, maybe they have a sick child waiting, I don’t know. I think my son added a layer of humanity to my person and for that I am going to always be grateful.
    Great post!

  30. Erica Hullinger

    I was so unsure of my life’s true purpose until I had my daughter. Now I know without a doubt that I was put on this earth to be her mother and share and guide in her journey. I love so much deeper and find joy much more easily now. I don’t worry about the meaningless things in life (money, career sucess, keeping up with everyone else) all I care about is that my family is happy and healthy.

  31. I don’t know yet. Ask me in August! 🙂

  32. No children here yet…we are hoping to adopt this summer. I’m sure we’ll have all sorts of changes to adjust to then!

  33. Chloe Potts

    No kiddos for us for the next few years, but I love seeing how we both “parent” our niece and nephew. It’s fun to see how much he loves those two boogers, even when he’s having to discipline them.

  34. Sommer

    No children yet but going through trials of infertility together can certainly bring a couple together. We are looking forward to that day somewhere in the future where God brings us a child and we can be changed!

  35. Kathy Z

    Before I had kids I rarely lived in the moment, it was about the next thing to do. When I was pregnant, that was the one thing I worried about. But life and who I am is so different now. Every day I try to inhabit the time I have with my kids. 🙂

  36. My son has made my life better by showing my how much fuller my capacity to love can be (your deep, deep love comment describes it perfectly!). I have always made my family such a priority and having my own child has shown me how important it is to keep that up. He has shown me how important the little moments are. I slow down and enjoy my time with him way more than I ever have with anything else. Great post 🙂

  37. Sharlee

    I just had my first child in January. I love what you wrote, “I don’t want to spoil the happy ending.” I was explaining how I don’t feel beautiful to my husband the other night and asked him to have some patience with me as I try to figure out how to make time for exercise and to feel good in my clothes again. He said that he didn’t care about any of that and then he brought tears to my eyes, “I watch you now and I am just in awe of you. You astound me.” It’s not just the creation of the child but watching your spouse in a whole new role. Listening to my husband’s high pitched voice that’s dripping with desperation for a smile when he talks to our daughter is HEART-MELTING! So incredible. I can’t wait for all the rest parenting entails!

  38. Deanna

    I never knew what busy was until I had kids, but it is such a wonderful busy. Seeing my husband be a father is the greatest gift in this works.

  39. Jen S

    I can’t believe how much having my son has made me re-evaluate what’s important, and what I really want to focus on.

  40. I have learned that my responses to my child’s actions have deep impact and can either develop her love for the Lord or harm her image of who He is.

  41. Cynthia C

    Having kids has made me better in relationships and taught me to appreciate small moments that don’t seem important at the time.

  42. Margaret Smith

    Having kids has made me be more responsible and patient.
    Thanks so much.

  43. Andrea Elder

    Ahhhh, children. They have changed my life in so many ways that I hardly remember life before them. They have made me more mindful of others and selfless. They have brought out a deeper level of love and commitment than I had ever known existed.

  44. Natalie

    My niece and nephew have taught me to appreciate the people in my life and recognize the importance of relationships. They also have taught me to make a conscious effort to be happy and pleasure the little things in life. They have taught me not to take life too seriously and don’t sweat the small stuff.

  45. Sharon H

    I am currently pregnant with our first child so I don’t know quite yet how our little one will change our lives for the better, but I know he/she will rock our world. I just can’t wait for the magic…the magic of holidays coming to life, the magic of seeing and experiencing things for the first time. And that unending reservoir of love you describe – I simply can’t wait!

  46. Moneik

    Having kids has changed our relationship. We are more patient and understanding. My husband has opened up and became more interactive with other people. We talk to each other more, working on strategies for the kids and how we parent them. It is amazing how much kids change your life. The best words out of my daughters mouth are “Mommy we sew together”. She loves spending time with me and doing what I enjoy. She’s a mini me.

  47. marriage and children are a complete fullfillment

  48. Mami2jcn

    Having children has made me appreciate the small moments. Before I had kids, I seemed to be in a rush all the time and anxious to move onto the next thing. Now I wish I could freeze time.

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  50. Brianna

    There is never a dull moment around here,especially with 2 kids now!

  51. Elena

    having kids made me more patient

  52. Melanie

    Our life has definitely changed! My little one has taught me so much about love and helped me to slow down and enjoy the smallest things. I love it!

  53. Lori

    Having children many years ago rocked my world. I had no idea how much I could fall in love with my precious little people. Those precious little people have not made me a Nana….and I have a different, deeper love for these new little people!

  54. Kiara

    Made me be more patient.

  55. I don’t have a kid, but I have a dog who is my “kid”. 🙂 She’s taught me to be happier, in general. I love how dogs are always happy!

  56. Jessica

    Having kids taught me how blessed I am and not to sweat the small stuff !

  57. Anastasia

    My kids have taught me better critical thinking as well as making me better at compromising 🙂   I need both in order to watch out for my kids best interests, as well as balancing freedom with good choices 🙂 

  58. Having children made us both slow down and become less self focused, we not only stopped to smell the roses, we noticed how the grow

  59. Amanda Calabro

    Having my son has taught me to let go of certain things (a clean house, a long shower etc.) and really hold onto others (snuggle time, giggles…)

  60. That your heart can fill with more love than you could ever imagine.
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  61. Jessica Mason

    I can’t believe how much I have learned in the past nine months since becoming a mom…I’ve loved like I never have before and learned that I can function on MUCH less sleep than I ever thought possible!

  62. Thomas Gibson

    My daughter has taught me how to love others and to take things simple.

  63. I always knew I wanted to be a mom. I feel like it’s what I was born to do. When I finally did (after 7 years of marriage), there is no way to describe how it changed me. I felt complete for the first time. And then our second son came along, and again I felt complete. While our family may not be done growing – maybe one more in a few years – I feel like myself and I feel whole right now. It is stressful at times, and exhausting, but it’s the best kind of stress and exhaustion I can think of. It’s simply amazing.

  64. They have shown me how beautiful it is to be selfless.


  65. Susan Smith

    Having children has made me more patient, responsible and loving. It has also
    made me less selfish

  66. mickeyfan

    When I had kids, I learned what unconditional love is. I learned that even 30 years later, you still worry. And I learned the best thing about having kids is GRANDkids!

  67. Sarah Hirsch

    my kids have changed me for the better because i try to be a good example and role model for them, so i am more aware of doing the right things at the right times.

  68. Jessica To

    Having my son has made me enjoy the smaller things in life and made me see things in a new light.

  69. Tari Lawson

    Having kids has forced me to look at things differently and be more open to change.

  70. paige chandler

    They have given me patience, understanding, and the ability to unconditional love.

  71. Claudia Boress

    I often think about the changes inside of me that I have gone through because of my daughters. I have more depth as a person and feel more deeply than I’ve ever had.

  72. Denise S

    Its made me more responsible and concerned about the future of the country.
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  73. Tammy N.

    I really haven’t changed all that much. I just feel like the same old me, but with kids. We do everything together, and they’ve changed how much I thought it was possible to love someone.

  74. Katie N.

    My husband and I were just talking the other night about how we can’t wait to have more children because our love for each other has grown so much in having one child, that we can’t imagine how blessed we would be to have more children and watch our love deepen and grow even more! It’s really the most beautiful gift from God!

    In terms of day to day how having children has changed my life, though? I would say that it has made going to the bathroom significantly harder 🙂

  75. Stephanie V.

    more patience and look at things through children’s eyes – simple joys

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  76. Carrie G in MN

    Adopting my daughter as an infant changed my life for the better in so many ways. She causes me to enjoy the little, mundane things in the world that are so easy to skip over. My life wouldn’t be the same without her in it; she’s truly my eight-year-old angel.


    They have taught me to have lots of patience and given me new perspective on life.

  78. My children taught me selflessness and unconditional love. 🙂

  79. I can see the happiness, wonder and beauty in the world through my daughter’s eyes. It is amazing the little things you appreciate with a child in your life.

  80. Tamar

    Yes, they’ve given me a newfound appreciation for life.
    I was pretty depressed until I met my husband and then had my children. I am so happy with them.

  81. I think my boys have given me a glimpse at how much God loves me. And that makes me a better Christian, a better mom, a better wife, a better person.

  82. janna johnson

    I don’t have my own kids but the kids at my job remind me that people are resilient in the face of life.

  83. Kids change everything, but in a good way!

  84. Heather S

    My kiddos have changed me by reminding me to not take myself or life too seriously 🙂

  85. Courtney

    Being parents has made my husband and I really appreciate our time together. We have a new rule to not be on our phone when home and when we go out to eat as a family we leave our phones in the car.
    My son has made me enjoy so many little things in life. Watching him discover things in his new little world is an absolute joy.

  86. Mindy

    Ever heard the saying “I never knew how much I loved your dad until I saw how much he loved you” …. Yep, that’s it!

  87. Heather

    I am learning to love learning! My kids are so inquisitive and we stop and learn something new every day!

  88. Samantha

    Although I wouldn’t have known it before I had my daughter, she gives me hope and purpose. She makes me a better person and I cannot believe I did not have her sooner.

  89. Lisa Troen

    Children have showed us innocence, love, and helped us grow in our faith together!

  90. Tiffany

    Having children has changed me tremendously. I am not longer selfish, self centered, etc. I have 3 other little people to think about. Love my children with all my heart and I thank God for them every day!

  91. Becca in WA

    Although the challenges associated with parenting can seem overwhelming on occasion, having children has helped both my husband and myself remember and enjoy the little moments in every day that we take for granted as adults. Look, a beautiful bird! A red leaf! Running at the park! Leprechaun “fairy dust” glitter! Santa came! It’s too easy to forget about some of the easiest everyday joys, and children help to focus you back on those things again.

  92. jenny

    You never know what kind of a team you can be until you go through this adventure called parenting….It’s so hard but it makes you stronger than you’d ever believe if you just keep the faith and work together!

  93. Christina

    My children have taught me that some things just flat ass don’t matter. My house being clean and lawn perfectly manicured is really not that big of a deal. The things that truely matter are far more simple than i could have ever imagined.

  94. Nikki

    I never knew I had this much patience. Some times I still want to scream and head for the hills for a break, but I’m learning that a whole lot of patience makes a whole lot of difference.


    We tried for a year to have a baby, and then finally found out we were having twins. They have changed our lives for the better. My husband and I have gotten closer to God because of the things we went through trying to get pregnant and my son being in the Nicu (5 weeks early).
    We do not drink anymore, we are more patient, we both appreciate the little things in life more, and we just dedicate our lives and time to our kids. They are such a blessing and truly are the GREATEST gift!!
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  97. Michelle

    I never knew how much fun I could have!

  98. Nydia Nelly

    Being a parent strengthened our faith! We knew God was great, but seeing a miracle in front of our eyes made us stronger believers! Preemie parents 🙂

  99. Melissa

    The laughter that they bring. A mind of innocent child is fantastic.

  100. Jessie C.

    They taught me fun can be a simple gesture like hug.

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  102. Casey

    Our girls have really made us slow down and enjoy life. We would get so caught up in going here and going there and especially around the Holidays. We always had to go around seeing everyone. Once we had our girls though, it made us see that what was most important was that we enjoyed them, and each other. And I’ve always adored my husband (who is a rough aroubd the edges Marine) but seeing him gently scoop up a crying little girl, or him playing dress up, or rocking our youngest every night before bed just makes my heart swell.

  103. Nadine L

    Having my daughter made me a more patient person. I was always pretty patient, but with her I learned to make sure I slowed down and enjoy every moment and wait for things, most everything is worth the wait

  104. Mary A

    I learned that love is unending and unconditional.

  105. joni

    Beside keeping me active, I became a responsible person.

  106. Lindsay

    Having children makes you realize how much your own parents love you. You have no idea how much your parents love you until you have your own child and realize how much you love this person you created. It’s just an amazing miracle and blessing. Having a child has also kept me constantly trying to improve myself much more than I ever did before having a child. Just watched that movie a couple days of ago, definitely made me cry.

  107. Having kids has made me be nicer to myself and cut myself a little more slack. When you have a mini-me in looks and temperament, you have to learn not to criticize those “flaws” that they share with you 🙂

  108. rachel

    Now I understand how God loves me!

  109. Stephanie Galbraith

    My kids taught me patience.

  110. kjasus

    my son has taught me to love when i thought i couldn’t

  111. Natalie E

    I’m so appreciative of the laughter our little one brings – both at her crazy antics as well as at ourselves.

  112. sandra

    i’m able to relate to others better

  113. Barbara M

    Having the girls has helped me learn to trust my own judgment & to be a better listener.
    thank you

  114. Mae

    Having kids taught me to slow down and cherish each moment. They grow up so fast and I just want to treasure each moment with them.

  115. Tina M

    they made me a better person ,stronger and more patience

  116. amy pugmire

    They have made me selfless. To put them and others first. That the little things in life mean the most! To love no matter what!

  117. joseph gersch

    my daughter taught me to become patient

  118. My kids have taught me patience and anger management!

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  119. Terri Moore

    My kids changed my life for the better because they needed me to be there for them when they were hungry, tired, sad, hurt or needed encouragement. I needed to reach deep to find the way to show them love in all the ways I cared for them every day of their lives.

  120. Debbie B

    I learned that even if everything isn’t perfect – hey its ok!

  121. Ashley

    My kids have brought out my playful/creative side!
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  122. Gianna

    They’ve made me a more giving person.

  123. maria cantu

    to put others needs first

  124. Vee

    He’s helped me step outside my own perspective.

  125. cw

    My daughter has helped me live in the now and see the world through a child’s eyes….ahhh the wonder!

  126. Lisa V.

    Because I had my daughter at such a young age, I had to grow up quite quickly and become a responsible adult and parent.

  127. Seyma Shabbir

    I have 2 sons, 4 and 6. They have taught me to be more patient.

  128. Anna Pry

    they have helped me be less selfish and more patient pryfamily5@gmail.com

  129. Erica C.

    Made me realize it’s okay not to control everything.

  130. Gina M

    My son has made me a much more patient person, and he makes me take the time to stop and appreciate the little things.

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  132. Neiddy

    My kids have taught me to be excited about life and to pay attention to the little things

  133. My kids have taught me that I am capable of juggling so much more than I ever thought I could, and that I can be more selfless than I ever thought I could. Oh, and that I don’t like contractions very much!

  134. Michelle

    I never knew I could love so deeply until our daughter was born. She has completely changed my life’s direction, and my perspective on what is important in life. I am so grateful for that.

  135. Stephanie L.

    Once I had kids I became less self-centered, got to feel what it was like to be a kid again, made me see the world in a much different way, made me value my own life more, it made my relationship with my husband, parents and sisters even stronger and overall I feel like I feel emotions even stronger.

  136. Nicole Larsen

    My kids have made me to constantly strive to be the best mom I can…I quit smoking 5 years ago for them…I’m always trying to set a positive example for them. I was an adventure seeker before them…now I’m much more cautious about EVERYTHING!

  137. Douglas Houston

    I tend to be a spur of the moment person but having kids changed that for good. You have to plan things out, you have to bring this, that and the other thing. When a kid has to pee, they mean Now not ten minutes from now.

  138. Daniel M

    my niece is always all smiles and giggles, she makes everything fun

  139. Shannon

    I learned unconditional love! My kids have taught me to enjoy every moment!

  140. Harmony B

    My kids made me realize what and who are important to have in my life and to appreciate every moment.

  141. Karen Drake

    My kids have changed me for the better by making me see life through their young eyes, kids are so positive and see the best in life and other people.

  142. Deb

    My kids have taught me to slow down and take the stop and smell the roses philosophy so to speak.

  143. latanya

    I am more patient and take time to enjoy the simple things in life

  144. Erica Best

    your life become more about them and less about u

  145. mariem

    I feel like having kids made me live in the moment, and taught me what was really important. Being a mom is the best thing in my life. I love my kids more than anything.
    4mariemh atgmaildot com

  146. Tanya B

    They have changed me for the better by teaching me patience

  147. Ellie W

    My kids have changed me completely. The minute I had my first son I knew that the world wasn’t all about me anymore. For the first time I experienced true selflessness. I have 3 grown sons and 2 grandsons now and they are the most important things in the world to me.

  148. Bruce

    Teaching me time management

  149. Francine Anchondo

    My kids have taught me to appreciate the little things and patience.

    fmd518 at gmail dot com

  150. Anna E.

    I have found love, patience, and happiness with my babies.

  151. Tabathia B

    They have taught me patience

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  152. tracey byram

    My kids taught me patience and letting go to have fun.

  153. Amanda Sakovitz

    They have taught me to be more patient.
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

  154. susan smoaks

    my kids have changed my life for the better by showing me how to enjoy the little things in life. life is too short to be mad, just smile and have a good time.

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  155. Carolyn Daley

    My nephew has taught me to be patient, nurturing, and giving.

  156. Thomas Murphy

    My kids have made my alot more responsible and caring.

  157. I am much more aware of the impact small things have on the world.

  158. CharityS

    I’ve learned how to love unconditionally, and to always remain calm in any situation.

  159. Jaime Cummings

    Having children has made me appreciate the small moments.

  160. Mihaela Day

    My kids taught me love, patience and responsibility

  161. Sarah L

    I’ve never had kids. I think they teach you to live in the moment.

    Thanks for the contest.

  162. tina reynolds

    I understand love so much more and the future is even more important I have a million times more patience. I also use to wish for time to fly by (growup) and now I wish it would slow down. 

  163. Candie L

    They have taught me how to be more responsible and mature. Thank you

  164. Stephanie Neal

    I love seeing things thru my children’s eyes! Everything is so much more fun with kids!

  165. They have taught me how to have fun. Everything is so new and fun to them – it’s contagious!

  166. Ashley Tucker

    Teaches you to have more patience.

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