Parenting is the most important, rewarding, seat of my pants, incredible job I will ever have. Here are my parenting quotes of the week.
‘Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, but the hardest thing in the world to do.’ ~ Matt Walsh.
When I first stumbled across this quote I had a little chuckle to myself. Every parent has been in a situation where someone has judged them for whatever reason. If you don’t know the story, if you don’t know the facts, keep your nose out and your mouth shut. Every child is different, and we all parent differently.
I’m reminded of the time when I had taken my daughter to a playgroup session. She asked for a banana, took one bite, and chucked it in the bin. My exact words to her were: ‘That’s wasting. There are children in the world without food in their bellies, and you should be ashamed to waste food like that.’
Another parent looked at me with her mouth agape and said, ‘You can’t tell her things like that! It was just a banana.’
My reply, ‘Why? It’s true. I want my child to grow up grateful for what she has, and empathetic towards those who aren’t as fortunate. It’s about more than just a banana.’
‘One hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.’ ~ Forest. E. Witcraft
I hope my daughter grows up to be a responsible, forward- thinking individual. Isn’t that what all parents want? And I hope that I can be her guide, and biggest encourager.
I’m going to get all gushy Mummy now and share a sentence from my daughter’s nursery report she had at Christmas.
‘She is a wonderfully kind little girl.’
There it is. That seven word sentence made me swell with pride. Those seven words meant more to me than any academic achievement. Don’t get me wrong, I am chuffed with how well my daughter is achieving at nursery, and fully understand the importance, but hearing that my child is wonderfully kind just melted my heart.
I hope she takes that kindness into adulthood, and that she will use her kindness for great things. I will be behind her every step of the way.
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