Because there is nothing more satisfying after you have eaten your own dinner than the half fish finger left on that plate. Followed by more chips and before you know it that slimming world diet is down the pan again.
Playing with toys
Everyone loves a good toy for me it's lego. I just finished playing for a good hour with lego telling my son about all the little figures I have passed down to him. Telling him to not switch heads or take them off (my nephew comes round and does that now batman has robins head). As a adult you can't play with toys or get lost in your little imaginative world without looking a right sausage.
See when the kids grow up you won't be able to buy those mini party ring bags or colourful super treats, the if your like me and my husband eat secretly behind the cupboard doors. Easter eggs kept up high and consumed by mum and dad. Looking at this we are very bad at busying these and eating them ourselves. One day they get lucky and catch us but that's hardly ever (ok every time my kids have the nose for anything sugary and it's off me in a flash).
Disney channel and other kids TV
My son loves the Disney channel at the moment which means i can watch good luck Charlie and Jesse without looking like a right old Sado. Ok they are cheesy but they make me laugh and always happy. I'm a massive loser but if my husband found me watching the Disney channel I would,have to pretend I haven't changed the channel since the kids went to bed..
Constantly tidying up
Ok I womt miss this that was a joke, I will miss he calories burnt doing so meaning more sweet junk from the kids stash.
There is nothing more special than prepping the night before to make these days so special. Seeing the magic in your child's eyes is so,etching money can't buy. My children are very spoilt sometimes but we can't help it. Well we're not that bad I suppose don't look at our Christmas photos to see the mini mountain of presents.
Ok this something can be hiilarious like the other day at the park I overheard my son having a row with a teenager, he climbed over his kids back and the kid said watch it so my Asti who doesn't hold back bogged back saying "aww does it have your teddy you cuddle up to at night" surprised he didn't get a slap but it was really funny to hear. These funny conversations suddenly change and become more grown up, I'm not looking forward to that.
Pretending to be asleep
If you are anything like me and my husband you will be excellent sleep pretenders. Its a game every morning who can look like they are asleep the longest and therefore is the winner and doesn't have to get up with a toddler demanding Ben and Holly at 5:30am!!! When the kids are older and left the house this game is off no use maybe to scare your loved one but that would be a bit mean wouldn't it!!
Sometimes you can become lazy being a parent, asking the kids to get something out of your reach or putting things in the bin for you. Imagine what will life be like when you have to do these things your self. Nobody to bribe with a bit of screen time to hoover the floor.
Cuddles and Opened Mouthed kisses
When they are small they love to be cuddled and kissed, then they get old enough to give you a snotty opened mouth kiss. When they get older these wont happen, wont be able to scoop them up and hold them tight with out protest (ok they protest now but I am bigger for the time being). Those times when they look at you like you are their world is the best.
This might sound a bit silly but I love building sand castles and cars on the beach, if I have no kids I will look a right wally, people will point and ask if I have lost a child. I will have to wait for the grand children or steal other peoples children. I best make the most now then before my castle days are over, sob sob.
Ok I know there is adult craft which is fun but does it compare to sticking tissue paper to odd bits then painting brown all over as all the paints been mixed together. Does it involve requiring a massive bath afterwards to get rid of all the paint and PVA glue. The best bit is when that PVA dries and you peel it off, adult craft I can not imagine being as crazy. I may be wrong maybe I should start a craft therapy for PVA glue lovers (not glue sniffers just the peeler kind) .. any way I have lost my self. Craft although it stresses me out I love all the tat that's produced by my kids.
Being a parent is a lot of fun, I love it a lot. I try not to wish my life away with the kids I must embrace it with Lego and Sand castles.
What will you miss or have missed when the children have all grown up?