In a delightful Hip Mama essay called "Everything I wanted to know about motherhood I learned from Animal House," Christina-Marie Wright, publisher of the Gonzo Parenting Zine, kind of nails it:
Raising kids is like living in a frat house. There are too many all-nighters, there is never enough coffee or Top Ramen, the toilets are never clean, it's no surprise if someone is puking and you never know who is going to be in your bed when you wake up.
Source: Hip Mama (article not yet available online)
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