Parenting Is HARD

26 Sep

When you are expecting people like to tell you all about how hard parenting is. They warn you about the sleepless nights when your child is an infant. They warn you about how hard the terrible twos are and they may even eventually tell you how hard it will be when your kids go off to college and leave you as an empty nester.

Those are all good “warnings” and are all very accurate, but there are warnings I never got that I am now discovering myself.

Parenting is HARD

They don’t warn you about the heartbreak that often accompanies parenthood.

They don’t warn you how heartbroken you will be when your little girl is working on a poster and has to say who her best friend is. They don’t warn you about the absolute agony you will feel when she pauses, looks down at her fidgeting hands and quietly tells you she doesn’t have any friends. They don’t teach you how to quickly dry your own tears and comfort her broken spirit. They don’t warn you about how bittersweet it is when she writes down “my brother” as her answer.

When you are pregnant they don’t tell you about how you will stay up at night worrying about your son who has an anxiety disorder that is slowly emerging. They don’t tell you that no matter how many times you tell him he is wonderful he won’t believe you and it will break your heart. They don’t tell you that he will be up in the middle of the night vomiting because he is so anxious about a solo audition in elementary school choir.

Parenting is HARD

But parenting is also abundantly REWARDING

And today I am trying to pick up the pieces of their broken hearts and remind them that life is one big beautiful oops and we will get through it together.

 

 

One Response to “Parenting Is HARD”

  1. Grandma September 26, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

    Tell Ariahna that she does have friends – I am her friend! I’ll bet if she asked her classmates there would be several who consider HER their friend. Convince Nikkos that no one is perfect nor can we be. I believe that your kids are doing great and you and Tom are wonderful parents.

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