Becoming a Parent Brings a Whole New Perspective

Being a parent is hard work. I remember telling my husband I wanted to have a baby because I thought it would be fun. Now that we have children, we love being parents, and many times it is fun, but there’s also dedication, sacrifice, and patience involved with raising kids. It’s not always easy. With Parents’ Day coming up on July 26, I was inspired to do some deep thinking on myself, my kids, and my own parents, and I realized that I now have a whole new perspective on parenting.

One of the best feelings in the world is getting a big hug from my toddler daughter, but even at her young age, she is often on the go and too busy to snuggle with Mom. When I can get a hug in, I try my best to cherish the moment. The years seem to be going by so quickly.

When I started reflecting on my love for my daughter and her affection toward me, it made me think about my own parents and my lifelong relationship with them. I know they feel the same way about me as I do about my daughter. Since my daughter was born, I’ve tried to make a bigger effort to say “thank you” and “I love you” to my parents. I never realized how much it meant to them until I became a parent myself.

I feel so blessed to have parents who poured their love out to me over the years. I hope they know how much I appreciate their sacrifices and the love they’ve given me. No matter how old you are, giving love back to your parents makes an impact. Showing them kindness and telling them how much they mean to you will make their day. This year for Parents’ Day, think of a fun way to thank your parents, such as taking them out for dinner or simply calling and spending more time talking than usual. Just a little effort will make a huge difference — especially if they know you’re a busy parent yourself.

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