Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. Christmas is almost here. I’m excited for the holidays and I hope you are, too. It seems like each year they go by faster and faster. I want it all to slow down so I can savor it. My boys are growing up too fast, I want to rewind back to when they were smaller and still believed in Santa. Those years were definitely magical years, don’t you think?
I’m so thankful for them. I was so worried about being a good mother before they were born. I read all kinds of books because I wanted to do the best job I could. I stayed home with them instead of working. I made them my top priority and I still feel I could’ve done a better job.
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Parenting is hard because you can’t erase your mistake and try again. There are no do-overs in parenting, unfortunately. So, you do your best to get it right the first time and ask for forgiveness from your kids when you mess up. Let’s face it we’re all human and your kids know that, too. They’ll forgive you if you own up to your mistakes.
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The best we can do is to make sure they know they’re loved unconditionally. If we succeed at that one thing, we’ll have set a solid foundation for their future. When our kids are dealing with behavioral issues in school, or anxiety, or they’re withdrawing from friends and family that’s a sign they need more attention and love. Something that seems to be in short supply in our frazzled world today.
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It seems like we’re so busy trying to give them everything we forget they really need our time and attention the most. Something I have to remind myself of daily especially when I’m worried that I’m not giving them enough things. It’s a fine line between providing for them and being available to them. I’m sure every parent struggles with this. Especially when they’re growing and testing their independence during the teen years.
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The best we can do is keep the lines of communication open and help them navigate the choppy waters of adolescence. It’s so hard during the teen years when they need space to test their wings, but they also need to know you’re there, and you support them.
Parenting. It’s a tough job. It’s not for sissies.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. Do you have any insight on navigating the teen years? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!
4 thoughts on “Parenting, it’s not for Sissies”
My grandmother once told my mom, ‘You have children to lose them.’ So true. From one awesome parent to another, Happy Holidays, Lisa, and enjoy your family every moment you get! Hugs!
Awww…thanks for stopping by, Sharon and for your kind words. Happy Holidays to you as well. Enjoy your family and stay warm!! 🙂
Parenting doesn’t have a manual that’s a one size fits all – and it’s true what you say about not being able to do a “redo”. But I look at my parents and think what they did was done with love and that helps me realize they are wonderful parents through and through.
Awww…that’s so sweet. I’m glad you had wonderful parents, Christy. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! 🙂