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16 Truths Only Young Parents Will Understand

Gilmore Girls​ was onto something.

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community for their favorite parts about being a young parent. Here are the heartwarming results.

1. First of all, being close to your kid’s age means you understand what they go through day-to-day, so you can actually be their friend.

—Amylee
The CW / Warner Bros. Television

Amylee

2. And because of that, you can relate to them and their world — whether it be through music, slang, or just experiences.

—lindsayh6
Paramount Pictures

3. You secretly (or maybe not-so-secretly) love when people think your kids are your siblings.

—ingridj4

4. Because you're pals, your kids feel comfortable coming to you with personal issues. You can talk about everything from video games to crushes.

—jrt225
FOX

jrt225

5. Your ~young soul~ means you’ve got more energy. That means more activities!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q51kZ9Spy4

yeamb

6. Your kids give your life even more purpose at a time when you might otherwise be confused about your future.

—Kelly Lynch, Facebook
Disney

—Kelly Lynch, Facebook

7. And your child inspires you to be an even better version of yourself than you thought you could ever be.

—Keelin Kirby, Facebook
Lifetime

—Keelin Kirby, Facebook

8. When your babies have kids, you know you’ll be a cool, young grandparent.

—Keelin Kirby, Facebook
NBC

—Keelin Kirby, Facebook

9. And you’ll have even more stamina to take your grandkids to do seriously fun stuff — like vacations and theme parks. More like rad-parent.

—Beatrice Jane, Facebook
Disney

—Beatrice Jane, Facebook

10. You can grow alongside your child and learn...

—Linda Falcao Cardoso, Facebook
Lifetime

—Linda Falcao Cardoso, Facebook

11. And your child can learn from you as you make mistakes and grow as well!

—Amy Jennings, Facebook
FOX

—Amy Jennings, Facebook

12. You never really knew what it was like to have ~adult freedom~, so you really can't miss it all that much.

—Debbie Ann, Facebook
Republic / Island

—Debbie Ann, Facebook

13. When your kids leave for college, you can spend the next 50 years focusing on traveling and relaxing.

—Matt Michaud, Facebook
Sony / JIVE

—Matt Michaud, Facebook

14. When they reach a certain age, you can totally wear each other's clothes.

—Roxanne Marie, Facebook
Columbia Pictures

—Roxanne Marie, Facebook

15. When you have a kid young, that means more years left in your life to love your baby that much longer.

—Cristina Ortiz, Facebook
Disney

—Cristina Ortiz, Facebook

16. And though being a young parent can be tough, it can also be incredibly rewarding because it can help you discover yourself in ways that weren’t possible until you had a child.

—katier4
OWN

katier4

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