As part of our Valentine's Day coverage, we've asked fellow mom (and dad) bloggers and writers to share their thoughts on parenthood and the lil loves of their lives — their children — with us.
lilsugar: Why didn’t anybody tell me (fill in the blank) about motherhood?
Charlene Prince Birkeland: Why didn’t anybody tell me that my teeth would go into a dental tailspin after being pregnant.
lilsugar: You know you’re a mother when (fill in the blank)?
Charlene Prince Birkeland: You know you’re a mother when your kid throws up on you and you don’t dry heave at the smell. But if another kid did it, you'd run to the nearest bathroom.
lilsugar: The best trick my mama taught me was (fill in the blank)?
Charlene Prince Birkeland: The best trick my mama taught me was how to swear in Spanish so the kids don’t know what I’m saying.
lilsugar: Helicopter mom or free-range kids?
Charlene Prince Birkeland: Helicopter mom or free range kids? A slight mix of both, but I lean more towards the helicopter-mom side. (Something else I got from my mom . . . and dad.)