I think motherhood/parenthood, with all its added responsibilities and toughness, brings with it some perks, that can be had no other way. Here are some of the benefits I thoroughly enjoy.
Getting the spouse to stop doing something, I have always wanted to, but never could. Now the BB is my excuse, to make him not do it, like road rage induced swearing.
I have an excuse to get out of any engagement I don't wish to commit to, or not make it to, without hurting the feelings of the others involved. And its always a better way than the fake headache excuse.
I can sit on the kiddy swing in the park, without looking like a loony. I am with my son after all.
Guilt-free shopping. Oh! The joy of it. Buying things for the child is always free of guilt, no matter how luxuriant or expensive the object. After all its the simple parenting emotion that retailers exploit to the best of their abilities, marking up prices for anything baby-related, nothing but the best for my baby.
Motherhood is a super duper excuse for all the excess flab around the waist, no matter how many years into motherhood I am, and of course it does not matter, that I have had it long long before I even contemplated motherhood. I love that men/ fathers don't get this one.
Perfect excuse to blackmail the parents and in-laws. One mention of the precious little grandchild, and they are ready to forgive bloody murder.
Perfect reason to avoid people, I never liked, but had no official reason to keep away from. Now, its a simple bad influence for my baby logic, that is stronger than any other reason.
Aah! And if anyone catches you in bed late in the morning, always play the 'he was up till so late last night' card, and no one can have a negative opinion.
On a more serious note though, it is a great catalyst to trying to become a better person, when you know someone is using you as a complete role model for everything. And one had better start minding their language, when they realise the first vocal expression the child has picked up, is, 'Oh! Shit.'
All the other parents out there, tell me, what do you think are the great perks of being parents, you enjoy. And those who aren't parents, tell me, do you envy any of these benefits or do you hate the parents using these?