back to top

10 Pro Skills All Second-Time Parents Have Mastered

You're a total expert now! Enjoy parenting the second time around and turn to the Citi® Double Cash card to earn cash back twice: 1% when you buy and another 1% when you make a payment toward your purchases — big or small.

Posted on

1. Deciding what actually needs to come with you when you leave the house.

Nope, you do not need to bring eight toys, six blankets, and your entire collection of bottles for one trip to the mall.

Nope, you do not need to bring eight toys, six blankets, and your entire collection of bottles for one trip to the mall.

2. Realizing when you just need to take a deep breath.

Being a parent is stressful, but you know from experience you can do it!

3. Turning hand-me-downs into totally adorable outfits.

Your first kid's pink leggings + your niece's purple hoodie and pink and purple sparkly headband = fashion success (without buying anything new!).

Your first kid's pink leggings + your niece's purple hoodie and pink and purple sparkly headband = fashion success (without buying anything new!).

4. Capturing all the important moments.

You've learned to have your phone on you and ready to take a photo or video at all times because you never know when that first belly laugh or big-sibling hug will happen!

5. Sensing when food is about to be thrown on the floor (or ceiling).

There's no mistaking that firm fistful of mac 'n' cheese paired with a mischievous look.

6. Knowing it's probably just a phase.

Refusing to let you comb their hair? Only playing with one toy out of their entire playroom of toys? Just be patient and give it a little time — their habits are definitely not set in stone.

7. Turning anything into a toy.

When you're in a pinch, a good ol' pot or pan and wooden spoon can be as entertaining as a life-size dollhouse. Just get out those earplugs. ;)

8. Doubling (or tripling) recipes.

Cooking in bulk is a game changer when you have two hungry kids -- and a hungry spouse.

9. Finding ways to childproof things in a bind.

You've got two fearless household explorers now! One found a hidden surge protector you forgot about? Plastic container to the rescue.

You've got two fearless household explorers now! One found a hidden surge protector you forgot about? Plastic container to the rescue.

10. And having twice the amount of pure parenting fun!

You are officially on your way to earning the highly coveted title of "fun parent." You got this! 😜👏

You are officially on your way to earning the highly coveted title of "fun parent." You got this! 😜👏

Illustrations by Tyler Naugle and Lyla Ribot © Buzzfeed

When it comes to having kids, once just isn’t enough! Just like the Citi® Double Cash card earns you cash back twice: 1% when you buy and another 1% when you make a payment toward your purchases — big or small.

Take this survey. It's almost like taking a quiz!