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A Day at the Beach Before You Had Kids Vs. Now

Few things are more relaxing on a hot summer day than a couple of hours spent hanging out on the warm sand and listening to the waves crash...unless you have kids, of course. While it's fun in its own right, going to the beach with kids is a far cry from what it was before you became a parent—ie, it's about as relaxing as a root canal. Here are some ways a day of fun in the sand and sun differs once you have kids.

A Day at the Beach Before You Had Kids

You would roll out of bed whenever and get to the beach whenever. If you sat in traffic on the way there, big whoop. You had nowhere to be.

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Now

You're plopped down on the sand at 7 a.m. You've got a nap schedule to keep. Plus, sitting in traffic with small children? Um, no.

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A Day at the Beach Before You Had Kids

The only thing you brought with you was a stack of magazines, your headphones and some tanning lotion.

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Now

You've physically removed your children's playroom and brought it with you.

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A Day at the Beach Before You Had Kids

Your mission: Get a tan.

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Now

Your mission: To slather your moving-target children up with as much sunscreen as possible.

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A Day at the Beach Before You Had Kids

You would sit by the edge of the ocean, taking a dip now and again.

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Now

You sit by the edge of the ocean in fear that a giant wave is going to swallow your child whole.

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A Day at the Beach Before You Had Kids

You worked it in a sexy string bikini.

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Now

String bikini? Bahahahaha!

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A Day at the Beach Before You Had Kids

Once you found your spot on the sand, you barely moved for hours.

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Now

Once you find your spot on the sand and set everything up, your kid tells you he has to go to the bathroom.

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A Day at the Beach Before You Had Kids

All you had to do was brush off your sandy feet before hopping into your car and heading home.

The Odyssey

Now

This is what your car looks like.

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