When we get married, we find that a number of responsibilities and family changes creep into our lives and steal our youth and independence. The "marrieds" often laugh and then cry about the ubiquitous minivan, nanny or babysitter and our lack of time and need for planning to get those few precious moments alone. So why would we want to advertise that we are married with children and pets?
Stickers of all kinds to proclaim our family status
As a father of five daughters, I understand how easy it is to be proud of your children, although if I put one sticker on my car for one of my daughters, I'd have to plaster the car with stickers for the other ladies in my life. The universally scorned "my daughter/son is on the honor role" bumper stickers is one way to assure that your fellow motorists will know you've traded away your independence for mommy or daddy-hood.
My own attitude is that I'd want to keep my imagination and creativity despite having little ladies in my life. That means keeping my sense of humor as well. I have to, in order to stay sane and some of these family stickers suit that purpose just fine. This way I can be both proud of my girls as well as proclaiming by own sense of whit and charm to all those who might consider me having given into the parenting trap.
You don't have to follow the crowds in order to just fit in and the manufacturers of these family car stickers got that message and are offering all kinds of ways to express yourself, whether the driver behind me cares or is incensed and fed-up with all of these marrieds expressing their happiness on the rear window of their minivan (and sometimes car and certainly SUV). Hey, if we have to put up with religious proselytizers sporting the Christian fish symbol and the alternative evolutionary fish with leg stickers battle, why not get in on the parenting discussion by moving beyond the stereotypical happy to shuttle my children to all ends of the earth fallacy?
Of course, guys like me who figure we should be getting a trophy for just showing-up like so many youngsters do today, won't be arriving in a minivan, that well known American masculinity crusher. We also have to be careful of how we express ourselves, since we tend to drive around a lot in our neighborhoods. Although we like to think that we don't care what people think, we do and it will affect our personal as well as family relationships. So while I'd love to stick the "making a family" sticker on my SUV, I'd probably opt for something a little more conservative, but as alternative as possible. Those that know me well would just laugh, but the vast majority of drivers and folks in the neighborhood might not find these stickers so funny. Shame about that, but what I've learned is that most peoples sense of humor isn't like my own, unless I'm sitting in a theater listening to Lisa Lampanelli, Robin Williams, Lewis Black, or Louis C.K.!
Other great family stickers and even a framed version to consider
From the "Ass Family" to Molded Happy Family figurines. Your choices are many and varied. So have fun with them!