Honored to Be a Parent

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As I was applying acne gel to my son’s face, a thought came to me. What an honor it is to be a mother. Strange time for such a thought I admit, but without him I would have no one to apply the gel to.

Raising a child is never easy, and there’s not a single parent out there who has it all figured out. We’re all learning, and it’s a life-long process. Being a parent can be tough.

Kids will throw tantrums. They will scream and cry. They will crawl on everything, up everything, and in everything.Β  They will break keepsakes and spit-up in our hair. They’ll place blame on others and they will become know-it-alls. They will ask endless questions like “why?” and “are we there yet?”

But they also bring so much joy to our lives, and a love unlike any other.

Their newly formed mouths giggle and smile. After much anticipation, we hear “Dada” and “Mama” for the first time. They climb into our arms to deliver a hug that only they can give. They learn to read letters, then a word, a sentence, and finally a book.

In tiny voices they say “I love you”, and with boldness they cry for help when they’re hurting. They begin school with trepidation, and with confidence they graduate. They fall in love, begin careers, marry, and have children of their own.

Children are precious, amazing and brilliant. They are our present, and our future. As a parent, the most important and most rewarding job in the world, is the raising of our children.

If given the choice to do it all over again, there would be no hesitation. I’d much rather go through it all, than not at all.

It is truly an honor to be a parent.

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16 Responses to Honored to Be a Parent

  1. I agree! I never really had dreams of being a mom. I really never planned that I’d be a single mother from the start, but I would do it all over again. All of it. I feel so very honored and blessed to have been a mom to Mr. T!

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    • mewhoami says:

      That’s wonderful, Kate. Life is certainly full of surprises and challenges that we never would expect. But every hard time is worth it, as we watch our little ones turn into amazing adults.

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  2. April says:

    It is an honor.

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  3. Beautifully, accurately, and obviously lovingly shared.

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  4. Just shows how powerful a love of a mother is, Beautifully expressed πŸ™‚

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  5. As a parent of two beautiful girls, one with special needs, I can totally relate to your post. There are many challenging moments that are far outweighed by the many beautiful moments of joy.

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    • mewhoami says:

      Thank you for this comment. My son is also special needs, autistic. Some of the things I mentioned (asking endless questions, etc), he’s never been mentally capable of doing, but most kids do so I thought I’d throw them in there. πŸ™‚ Yes! The good moments make all the rough moments worth it.

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  6. Cindi says:

    “It is truly an honor to be a parent.” Yes it is. My daughters are 31 and 28 now, and it’s an honor to be their friend now, too.

    Thank you for such a thoughtful and honest post!

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    • mewhoami says:

      Yes, their friend. Exactly. Friendship between a grown child and their parent is proof of a good upbringing and a cherished relationship. I’ve always been a momma’s girl, but now that I’m grown she is one of my best friends, so I understand that completely. Thank you, Cindi!

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  7. Helen says:

    Such a nice post! The way you talk shows you are a great mother!

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  8. suzjones says:

    Last night I was looking at my Tween wearing her new green nightgown (she only ever wears shorts or pants generally) and I realised just how much she is growing up and maturing. She isn’t a little girl any more even though I want her to stay one. I felt a lump in my throat as I thought how beautiful she is and just how much I love her. And I loved being a mother.

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    • mewhoami says:

      They do grow up fast don’t they? It’s hard to slowly see our reach lose its grip, but in that we can see just how amazing they have grown to be. Having a daughter, I would think, would be much different though. That is one thing that I will never experience. Sons are easier I think. πŸ™‚

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