Today is May the Fourth (be with you) or Star Wars Day.
There are many parallels between Star Wars and parenting. The passing on of knowledge, epic battles of the wills, good versus evil… And this is all before your morning coffee.
To celebrate this occasion, we have compiled a list of Star Wars quotes that sum up parenting perfectly.
The moment they burst into your life – aka childbirth.
Being surprised that something so small could wreak so much havoc.
Realising that you’ve had 5 hours of sleep for the past 3 days.
“Why do I get the feeling you’re going to be the death of me?” – Obi-Wan Kenobi
Delighting in their first word… until you realise that it’s the first of very very very many.
“The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.” – Qui-Gon Jinn
Sneaking out of the room when you think your toddler is finally asleep…
…And settling down with a book and a glass of wine…
…Then you hear a tremor from the direction of their bedroom.
“There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?” – Supreme Leader Snoke
You finally wrestle your child back into their bed. You tell them this:
“We’ll see each other again. I believe that.” – Rey
And then you both laugh, knowing that this will happen another 14 times before sunrise.
Demanding that they eat all the food on their plates. And then giving up and eating it all yourself.
The realisation that parenting is all about desperately scrambling for leadership.
“I’m in charge! I’m in charge now!” – Finn
When you’ve attended your fourth children’s birthday party for that weekend.
And you suspect that they’re going to be drip-fed lollies at said party…
…So are not surprised when they return home buzzing out of every pore.
Managing to get the kids to school on time with a full lunchbox and all their clothes on.
When your tween suddenly asks you for a hug.
When they hit the teenage years – and all the rules and routines you’ve taken so long to establish fly out the window.
Thankfully, your kids know you’ll love them no matter what.
Regardless, you revel in the revenge that will be yours once your kids have their own kids.
“In time, the suffering of your people will persuade you to see our point of view.” — Nute Gunray