I’ve heard people say that having (or being around) children keeps you young, and I suppose in some ways it’s true. After all, we parents do find ourselves playing with toys, drawing silly pictures and making ‘magic potions’. We act like kids at times, doing ridiculous things to make them giggle. Being able to embrace your inner child can certainly help in parenting, I’ve found.

But in terms of physical appearance at least, I think being a parent ages a person. Or it has done with me anyway! When I look back at photos of myself holding my infant firstborn I’d swear I look twenty years younger in the photos, not merely seven. Yes, nearly eight years of nappy changing, toddler tantrums and sleep deprivation have taken the youthful bloom off my skin and put dark shadows under my eyes. As for my body, all those hours I’ve spent on my hands and knees wiping food off the floor, or staggering under the weight of increasingly heavy children as I load them into cars (and hold them under one arm as I charge for the school gates) has done a number on my knees and my back.

What I hadn’t realised until recently though was the ageing effect that parenthood has had on my hands. This became clear to me the other day when I was playing cars with my toddler and he suddenly reached over, pointed at my knuckles and delightedly exclaimed, “Look Mummy! Dinsisaur!”

Old? I’m positively Jurassic!

dinosaur hand

My very own Handasauraus

What do you think? If you’re a parent, has it kept you young or aged you? Anyone else got any Jurassic features? ;)

Little Hearts, Big Love

9 thoughts on “ageing

  1. David

    Erm, no. You don’t look 20 or 10 years older; not to others anyway. But I do know what you mean about the things that others don’t notice. Hands and knees and backs take a hell of hit.


    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks David, but honestly, you should see the photos I was looking at the other day! I look so much younger! I think we tend to notice ourselves ageing while always thinking that others look the same though. Thanks for commenting xx

  2. Jeremy@thirstydaddy

    I don’t think the dark circles now permanently under my eyes are making me look any younger thats for sure

  3. Morgan Prince

    I’m not sure where I would be on this one. I certainly look a lot older than I did when I had BP but then I AM 10 years older. Parenting does stuff to you, that’s for sure, but I think as long as we’re young in our heads then we exude youth. It doesn’t matter how we look! My dad is 61 and still acts like he’s 16 sometimes! :D

  4. Rachael

    Haha! The things they say… My hands and knees have taken the worst hit. And the thread veins on my legs aren’t too pretty either but on balance I think I’m happier on the inside so that helps with the whole looking younger thing!

  5. Louise

    Lol, I look back at my pre-children photos too and think I look so much younger. Not yet been told I have dinosaur hands though – love the way children’s minds work (and love the picture of the dinosaur hand too!). Thank you for sharing with #ftmob :-)

  6. Iona@redpeffer

    I’ve had the ‘look mummy your hands are so wrinkly!” so i know exactly where you’re coming from. My mum was saying that our hands are what age us most-we spend so much time pampering our faces but forget the hands. I’m trying to remember to smother them with cream now too :-)

  7. Mel

    Yes, yes and yes again! I also play on the floor, go on the swings, sing nursery rhymes and feel like I am 3 but I think the sleep deprivation and hard work are taking a toll on my looks. Every time I look in the mirror, I feel like I’m 10 years older… Dinosaur hands, too here. Oh well!


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