The hardest part about being a parent is watching your children grow up. What they grow into is both exhilarating and horrifying! Watching their metamorphosis from an adorable infant into a raging hormonal teenager is extremely difficult. I love my children; all of them. However, no one has been able to break my heart like they do.
There are times when having a teenager is fun, and you may see yourself a lot in them. It can really take you back to being a teenager yourself. However, sometimes it hurts to hear the hateful words that come out of their mouths. It can be painful, and you might feel lashing out at them. It is hard to contain your feelings, but you don’t want them to see your pain; to see they have hurt you. Sometimes it feels like they are predators, and we are trying everything we can to stay alive. Still, they are a part of us. They are these beautiful people that are in our care for a short while, and we must raise to be decent, self-sufficient human beings. It isn’t a task to be taken lightly.
The complexity of parenting has inspired many books (affiliate link) , and made many people a lot of money. But, there really is just one important thing to remember: love them. Remember that you love them, through everything, and all of the decisions you make, all of the books you read, none of them will create a perfect human being. Once they are an adult, they will experience the world any way they see fit, so the only thing we can do is teach them ,as much as we can, before we have to let them go.
Enjoy every moment!. Even when they break your heart, and it will happen. Eighteen years will pass faster than you think it will, and one day, you won’t be able to “try to be a better parent” any longer. Raising them will be over, and you will only have memories to look back on. So just love them. Love them like no one could possibly love them, because you are their mother. Your love is unlike anyone else’s. There is no way they could possibly love you back as deeply as you love them, but that is ok. One day, they may have their own little people to love, and they will finally know what that love feels like.
Being a parent is rewarding, but is also the most educational experience I have ever had. I learn and grow everyday along with them. They are constantly challenging me and making me a better person. I could never thank them enough for that.