Ever since you became a parent, you’ve been told a million times of the changes that will happen in your life—and it’s nothing you’re not already aware of. But it’s hard to predict exactly how your life will change and exactly how much.

Here’s How Parenthood Will Change Your Lifestyle Completely:

Perspective on life is going to be different

Everyone defines parenting differently. For me, it was working on a farm and raising my family in the country. For you, it may be traveling the world with your family and loving every moment of it. But regardless of how you define it, now that you are a parent, those times you thought would never come are finally here.

Planning becomes key

Thanks to advances in science, babies are born smaller, healthier, and smarter than ever before. Yet, our old ways of parenting don’t always produce the best results. Education and life experience have taught us that children are not simply miniature adult behemoths. The science of child development shows that they are still developing, learning, and changing at a rapid rate well into their late teens. As a result, child-rearing changes drastically over the course of a person’s life. Plan your life, and your life will change for the better. Nothing is permanent, and there is no such thing as stability. If you want to get something done, you must make it happen. The key to living an ever-changing life is embracing change and the new.

Less Sleep

The average American has reported spending an average of about six and a half hours a night in bed. This could mean getting a few minutes of shuteye before waking up and being up all night again for those who don’t have kids. For those with children, it could mean waking up every few hours to tend to a crying baby who has slept through the night. Either way, the lack of sleep can take a toll on your health, and it’s possible to have too much of a good thing.

Better care of yourself

When you become a parent, you may be surprised at the changes that come along with it. That’s because your life is about to go from blissful to chaotic. You will have to change things, like your sleep schedule, and there are things that you will have to accept as part of your new lifestyle simply. It can get pretty crazy at times, but with a little planning and patience, you can enjoy the ride. The truth is that being a parent is one of the most rewarding and painful experiences we can have. There are plenty of sacrifices that must be made in order to raise children, but the ones that are the most important are the ones we don’t see. What are those sacrifices? How much “me time” are you giving up? How often are you going to be absent from the office? How much sleep are you going to be getting? “This is hard,” you’re probably thinking. “But I love my kids, and I want to be there for them.”

Relationship with partner changes

Parenthood is a major change in our lives. After the overwhelming joy and happiness of welcoming a new baby, you can quickly feel overwhelmed by the new responsibilities and the need to find a balance between the daily demands of life and the demands of being a parent. The lack of sleep, the constant laundry and dishes, and the juggling of classic-adult responsibilities with that of a young infant can make it difficult for partners to adjust to the new lifestyle.

As a new parent, you’ll probably find yourself staying up super late with your kids, so much so that you’re not getting much sleep. You’ll find yourself spending more time with family and friends, so much time that you won’t have time for anything else. You’ll find yourself going to bed at an earlier hour than you’re used to so that you can wake up with your kids. You’ll find yourself changing your behavior.

Parenthood is one of the most important and rewarding experiences a person can have. Sure, it’s hard work, but it’s also an incredible opportunity to raise a child and have a profound influence on their development and future. Parenthood brings a feeling of selflessness and a sense of purpose.