Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Recipe for Success
I am like this about instructions. I read the manuals that accompany DVD Players and coffee makers, even though I know how to use them. I follow all rules and guidelines because that is safe and smart. That is what responsible people do.
There is no instruction manual that accompanies parenthood.
When I found out that I was pregnant, like many new mothers, I purchased a pregnancy book. Then a second and a third. I read voraciously, anything that I could get my hands on that had to do with pregnancy and motherhood. I stalked the interwebz searching desperately for a definitive answers to my questions.
After three babies and six years of motherhood, what I have learned is that there is no recipe for raising the perfect child. My main focus used to rest in having children that were respectful and well behaved. Good sleepers and good eaters. I wanted children who were a reflection of the values instilled in them by wonderful parents, rule followers and role models. I wanted to do it right.
Each day brings new adventures, new challenges, new questions. My focus is no longer on how other people perceive my children, but now rests in how my children perceive themselves. I hope that they know how special they are, how much they are loved, how proud they make me.
If they do, then I'll know that I did something right.
Brewed by Erin Robell at 12/14/2010 12:02:00 AM