Cherish the Moments (Even the Ones You Want to Forget)
Sure, there are moments in parenting we would all like to forget—tantrums and late night feedings, to name just two. But when you find time to cherish even the moments that stretch our resolve as parents, you begin to appreciate the entirety of what makes our jobs so important
Savor The Moments
I love this quote by Anna Godbersen because it touches on the arch of life, and that at the end of it, moments are truly the only thing we have. Parenting is not always great. Sometimes it’s down right treacherous. But remembering those moments is just the beginning of savoring the wide scope of our parenting experiences.
Remember To Appreciate
Remembering to appreciate the moments that make up our lives is crucial to really experiencing it. Sometimes it takes the lack of inhibitions of your silly toddler to remind you to dance in public, say hello to strangers and think in terms of moments, rather than time slots.
“Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments. You must experience each one before you can appreciate it.”
― Sarah Ban Breathnach
Find Your Purpose
Parenting a child entails raising a new world view, new opinions of human kind or simply new outlooks on old presumptions. The world of our children is different than ours was; embrace their childhood moments of innocence and, if they take your breath away, find purpose where you once didn’t.
“Sometimes it’s the same moments that take your breath away that breathe purpose and love back into your life.”
― Steve Maraboli
The Moments You Want To Forget
For a long time, I would delete photos of my unruly children. Whether pouting or throwing an all-out fit, I had no desire to remember the moments that tested my resolve to be the best parent I could be. But all that was left were images of smiles, with varying enthusiasm, and a collection of images that didn’t actually tell the story of our lives. I’ve learned to cherish the moments that I want to forget, because in hindsight, they express how much we’ve grown in love.
“It’s no trick loving somebody at their best. Love is loving them at their worst.” – Tom Stoppard
Value In Presence
The most precious gift you could give a child is your presence. The gift of experience and moments shared will resonate within their identities much more than a material gift could. While we are all busy, cherish the simple moments that make up a regular day.
“Your children need your presence more than your presents.” – Jesse Jackson
Cherish Their Struggles
Parenting through adversity might be one of the hardest aspects of the job. Watching your child struggle through life is also something to cherish, though, as it demonstrates the true makeup of their developing character. As they struggle today, they will conquer tomorrow. Cherish the moments of growth you are witness to, as those moments are what make up some of your proudest parenting moments.
“When you have brought up kids, there are memories you store directly in your tear ducts.” – Robert Brault
Watch Them Soar
Life is hectic, but your focus should not be. You are the strongest impact in your child’s life. Cherish the moments that give your children roots, the values and morals you want them to live by, and watch them soar beyond your greatest ambitions.
“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.” - Hodding Carter
Cherish Being You
Your child loves you for so many reasons, least of which because you are their mother. Cherish who you are to their lives. Give yourself a break, too. You can never be perfect, but you can always be good.
“There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill
While our big kids head off to school, don't forget to expose the little ones to your positive parenting values with daily affirmations.view gallery
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