I know it’s not cool to talk about how much you love parenting but I love being a mom and since I’ve never been one to avoid a hot topic, I thought I’d throw this one out there! It’s a Saturday morning, but, since I’m a mom, I’m wide awake even though it’s just after 7am. I imagine that if you are reading this post at an early hour, you’re probably a parent, too. You likely got up early to feed someone or to help a little one go potty or to turn on a morning cartoon.
My Facebook news feed is often filled with both the humorous, sweet, challenging and exhausting sides of parenting. Those feelings are all real and I’ve often felt both joy, love and utter frustration at my own children and parenting life in the same 24 hours! All that being said, I wanted to take a few minutes to share what I love about parenting and what I’m grateful for.
Five Things To Be Grateful For If You’re A Parent (or hope to be one soon):
1. Snuggles at bedtime. There’s nothing like it. No matter what your day started off like, by the end of it, your kids are tired, sometimes bathed, but always in pajamas and finally ready to cuddle up with a good book. It’s the best part of my day, truly. I love children’s books–the beautiful illustrations, the fantasies, the morals, inspiration and life lessons infused in many of my favorite titles.
2. Our kids have brought a sense of team to our marriage. Don’t get me wrong, married life pre-kids was easier in many ways. We were able to travel more and go out for a date night on a Tuesday without any advance planning. But, when I’m really honest with myself, I know that having our first baby and, two years later, our second, brought us closer together. We’re a team now–the four of us.
3. Having kids reminds us to look for the joy! Kids notice the small stuff and help adults to see it, too. Kids will make you slow down and literally smell the flowers. Kids notice the cool rocks on the sidewalk and watch the trash trucks drive by with a total sense of awe and wonder!
4. Children help us become better people. It’s true. When you’re a parent you’re a role model–like it or not. Our kids help me try to be kind, thoughtful and brave because we are trying to raise children who are kind, thoughtful and brave!
5. Kids are in touch with the magical side of life and help us see it, too. It’s so easy to become negative, cynical or sarcastic about life. But, spend some time with a child and you’ll soon see that life is really full of magic and possibilities. Kids intuitively see the joy, the fun and the silly. Let your child be your guide and through their eyes, you will be awakened to that part of you that may have gone dormant, but who longs to see and dwell in the light, the love and the positive side of life.