Friday, August 5, 2011

Brie, with a side of perspective

Last Thursday night, I wrote this post, in which I chronicled some of the challenges we are seeing in raising toddlers.

As a first time parent, it can be tempting to think "as soon as we pass (insert frustration situation here) stage, things will be much easier..."

Saturday night, I went out for appetizers an adult beverage with a dear friend. She has two children - a boy and a girl, just like I do - but hers are teenagers. As I listened to her talk about the things they are going through right now, and the parenting struggles she has, I was reminded (again) of my need to heed my Dad's sage words...

"Parenting is a journey, not a destination"

I must stop waiting - expecting- to arrive.


Linda Lee Brown Ayers said...

Keep in mind that no matter how wonderful or frustrating a stage is, it will be gone before you know it. You may even find yourself longing for the familiarity of the "known".
Enjoy the moments as best you can.
You are doing a marvelous job.
Love, mom

Jennifer said...

So agree!!! I feel like I stay frustrated more often than I should. I have to keep reminding myself that it won't be like this for long and I need to cherish all the moments. Even the "bad" ones.

Lauren said...

Thank you. Now, if you could maybe post this every week to remind me when I've forgotten...

Aunt Carol said...

Good thought. Even when your last kids are adults, you'll still be a parent -- but, hopefully, with less frustration, confrontation, etc., as your kids grow up and realize just how much they appreciate having such a good mom and dad.

Vanessa's Dad said...

I like your blog title, "Miracle of the Moment," reminding us that each moment is a miracle.

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”
Albert Einstein