Being a parent means accepting a role with huge responsibility. By being a parent, you are in charge of another human being. Your role requires you to set an example for your child, to teach them a number of important life skills and to always be there for them. As a parent you are a child’s protector, hero, teacher, friend, disciplinary and safety blanket.
What isn’t talked about though is how much a child teaches a parent. Becoming a parent is a learning process. You are never given an instruction manual on how to raise a child, you just do. Sometimes a child teaches you more than you could have ever imagined.
My son just turned two a couple of weeks ago and it really made me stop and think how much my life has changed since I’ve had him, and how much he has taught me.
HE TAUGHT ME TO HAVE PATIENCE
There are countless times where my dog is up my butt, the house is an entire mess, I’m running late to work and my son is doing everything under the sun to get on my last nerve. In those moments of pulling my hair out he stares at me with his big blue eyes and says, “Mommy.” Whether it’s “mommy juice,” or “mommy go outside?” It is enough for me to gather the little bit of self control I have left and just breathe. My son has taught me that in moments of frustration it is important to breathe and take a step back, to have patience.
HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY
I never knew how strong love can be until I had my son. Before him I was always quick to give up on the ones I love and walk away from the problems instead of working through them. My son has taught me what it is like to have such love for someone no matter what they do. Even when he is pulling my hair, screaming on the top of his lungs or hitting the dog the amount of love I have for him is still the same—it’s permanent.
HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO PROBLEM SOLVE
I always thought I was a good problem solver. I have been a waitress for the past five years, and have dealt with almost every single type of customer under the sun. I thought I had the problem-solving thing on lock down, that was until I had my son. There has been moments where I’ve had three different things going on at once and I had to come up with a plan to divide and conquer.
HE TAUGHT ME WHAT’S IMPORTANT IN LIFE
And it’s not materialistic. My son taught me that the most important thing in life is family, and the key to happiness is finding time for family. He taught me when it’s time to put away all of the school work, internship work and anything else. That time is precious and it goes by way too fast.