New Years Eve: Before Kids vs. After Kids

Before becoming parents, we had a vague idea that our life would change somewhat when we welcomed children into our lives, but it’s fair to say very few of us knew exactly to what extent.

From daily life to annual celebrations, life as a parent is vastly different to those days when we were footloose and fancy-free, right?

And while we wouldn’t change it for even a moment, we thought it might be fun to reflect on one of the biggest days in the global calendar and compare our past with our present.

Any of these sound familiar?!

Before kids: Hours were spent on the phone rallying troops for a raucous night ahead.

After kids: Hours are spent on the phone rallying babysitters to give up their New Year’s festivities.

Before kids: Preparation included choosing the perfect outfit and classiest bottle of wine.

After kids: Preparation includes choosing the perfect Netflix family-favourite and the cleanest dress.

Before kids: Hangovers were welcomed as it was an excuse to spend New Year’s Day under a duvet in front of the box

After kids: Hangovers are punishment for leaving the kids with their aunt who smells like lavender car freshener.

Before kids:  Crowded bars and bustling nightclubs were part of the fun.

After kids: Crowded bars and bustling nightclubs are to be avoided at all costs.

Before kids: Hugs with friends at midnight were extra tight.

After kids: Hugs with kids before seeing them in the New Year are extra tight.

Before kids: Resolutions revolved around yourself.

After kids: Resolutions revolve around the kids.

Before kids: Deely bobbers were a New Year’s novelty.

After kids: Deely bobbers are part of any outfit if it will make the kids laugh.

Before kids: A quiet night in was beyond the realms of comprehension.

After kids: A quiet night in is now the holy grail of New Year’s activities.

Before kids: Fireworks were to be marvelled at.

After kids: Fireworks are to be cursed because they're keeping the baby awake.

Before kids: Auld Lang Syne signalled the start of the real celebrations

After kids: Auld Lang Syne signals home-time.


Fiona Murphy is a freelance writer, specialising in book-related content, fiction and poetry. She can be found drinking tea, craving tapas or attempting to finish her never-ending-novel.




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