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Has having children made you a wimp, or is it just me?

Asked by ubersiren (15046 points ) January 29th, 2010

I feel different than I used to before I was a parent. Several things are very noticeable to me. First, I can’t handle horror movies anymore. It’s like I want to watch them, but I end up with my eyes closed most of the time. I don’t like the gore, shock factor, and violence. I used to love these flicks! Even films that are depressing or dark affect me deeply.

I also don’t enjoy rollercoasters anymore, and I used to love the biggest, scariest ones. They make me sick now, and I just don’t find them fun.

I worry more when I’m in a car (even when the kid isn’t in there with me), especially if I’m not in control of the wheel.

The stuff I’m worried about isn’t usually directly related to my child’s safety. It’s more like I don’t want to acknowledge or deal with the ugly of the world. Has anyone else experienced this with the birth of their children? Is it just growing up?

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