Before I had kids, my husband and I lived in New York City and stayed out all night. But now that we are parents to three kids, staying awake until 10 p.m. is a major accomplishment. And we have traded our cramped and super-expensive apartment for a house with a yard in the suburbs.
Like us, Penn and Kim Holderness also said goodbye to city life shortly after welcoming their first child. "We held onto a little bit of that NYC lifestyle at first, but we quickly realized we couldn't keep it up. Moving to the 'burbs was a necessity—there were jobs that were more conducive to family, and there aren't as many opportunities to stay out 'til 4 a.m.," Penn told Parents.com in an email.
Indeed, as the couple hilariously showed in a new video taken during a recent trip to New York, even when they have time away from their kiddos, their idea of a good time has totally changed.
In the "Empire State of Mind" parody the Holdernesses confess that they love their children, but when Mom and Dad go to the Big Apple, they aren't invited.
Because then, they can go out to dinner after 5:15, and stay out until midnight...or try.
The thing is, as Penn sings, "All the big lights will inspire you. They also will tire you."
Yup, as any parent comes to learn, fantasies of what we would do without kids often vary considerably from the reality.
Most of us would rather "sleep for 10 hours" than stay out late and hit a new, hot bar scene. And sure, there's no end to what you can do in the city that never sleeps. Except, if you never get a chance to do that, it's all you want to do.
I am so on board with the Holdernesses, who end up in cuddly bathrobes at their hotel instead of throwing back shots with their friends.
Ultimately, kids have a way of basically rewiring everything you value. Once you're a parent, relaxation trumps a happening club. Sorry, not sorry.
"I totally agree, it rewires you completely, but probably in a good way," Penn told us. "If I didn't rewire I'd probably be dealing with liver failure."