Parenting is sometimes discouraging because you don’t see the end result right away. It takes years before you truly know if you have made a difference in your child’s life.
There will be times when you are raising your children that you will wonder if anything you have said to them has gotten through.
Like playing a sport or dancing, parenting requires years of practice. Relentless, sometimes frustrating, tiring long hours that at times leave you feeling drained.
Each child you parent will bring with them different issues. One child will be easy and the issues you have to deal with can be easily redirected. Then there is that child that seems to move through every stage of his life making bad choices.
It’s difficult as a parent to understand why it is some children complicate their lives. You see it clearly the mistakes they are making, the wrong turns they are taking, and yet you just have to sit there and watch them dig themselves in a hole.
There are those children that learn by listening and watching others make mistakes, and then there are those children that have to make the mistakes themselves, sometimes over and over again. When you talk to them, you can tell they are looking at you, but not really listening.
Parents never want their children to suffer, but sometimes going through pain and taking wrong turns is the only way they will learn. A parent can never give up. You have to stick close behind your children and continue to guide them.
Parenting is a journey of acceptance and love. It is knowing when to let them have it and then holding and comforting your children when they crash. It’s giving tough love when they need it, and being honest with them even when they don’t want to hear what you have to say.
Parenting is a lifetime of shared moments of trust. It begins when your child is a toddler and continues all through your child’s life.
You cannot slack off when it comes to parenting. That is why it is one of the most difficult jobs you will ever do. You can never trust that another person will raise your children for you. It doesn’t work that way. A child’s teacher, minister, or baby sitter is not there to parent– they are only there to teach and reinforce what you are suppose to teach them at home.
Parenting is setting examples for your children and there is no better way to teach your children than to be the kind of person you want them to be, and live the kind of life you would wish them to have.
Parenting your children changes as your children get older. At one point they become your friends. The relationship evolves and you will find yourself being more of a mentor than a parent.
Parenting is a lifelong commitment. It takes perseverance, and loads of unconditional love.