10 Ways Parenthood Is Like Pledging A Sorority

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I pledged a sorority in college but did not finish before becoming a member. Those weeks were easily the toughest in my life up until that point (hence, quitting) and I never thought anything could compare to how difficult it was. That is, until I had my first child. It was only then that I realized how much pledging a sorority is like parenthood. The parallels are truly astounding.

1. Forced Crafts



In a sorority, you use enough puffy paint to choke a mule. As a parent, crafting is a big part of the job. I mean, the crafts are never good but you do them anyway.

2. You’re Always On Edge

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While pledging, you never know what’s coming up next and your nerves are shot after a few weeks. Much like parenthood. Will the baby sleep a couple of hours before waking to torture us again? Who knows. Sweet agony.

3. You Don’t Get Enough Sleep

tired regina


I never slept while pledging. What time I didn’t spend doing the sorority thing was spent doing schoolwork and attempting to remain relatively showered. Sleep was low on the priority list. Sleep and parenting? Do I even need to explain?

4. Degradation All Day Long

janis ian


Oh, the dumb things I did in hopes of becoming a full-fledged member of the sorority. Nothing was sacred. And just the other day, I let someone barf into my hands so I know a thing or two about dignity and being treated with respect.

5. You Don’t Eat Enough

cheese frie


Pledging and schoolwork keeps a sorority hopeful so busy they barely have time to eat. And as the parent of a small child, you may find yourself calling four bites of congealed mac and cheese and a sad, chewed-up banana your dinner.

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