Our children can have us on a roller coaster at times. The wonderful creatures that they are can bring us such happiness one moment and gloom another. Sometimes it can seem like nothing can please them in one given moment, but then suddenly they surprise you. Change is always a constant, and nothing can be taken for granted.
Most of us spend our lives trying to please our kids. We want the best for them. We love them so much and all we want in return is respect,love and gratitude; right? Is that too much to ask from our kids? It depends on their age. Love is unconditional, and though we want to believe it is a given-we still have to show our kids how to love. Respect and gratitude we have to teach our kids, in the home. Society won't do this for us. They wont learn these values in the classroom. As a parent we are left with so much to teach our kids. The responsibility is endless. No wonder the role is so stressful at times. The question is what do we expect back? What do we base those expectations on? If we have more than one child we start to make comparisons among them. How fair is that? Each one is going to become his or her own individual with different strengths and weaknesses.
Who are children are, or who they become, are influenced by us, but are also affected by so many other things such as genetics, environment,circumstance,etc...as too is each and every moment of the day. So when things get rough remember- this too shall change. Time passes by so fast. Kids grow up so fast. All we can do is our best and hope our kids will try the same. My kids drive me crazy some times; but I love them all the same.
All in all, with kids you constantly can be on a cycle of concern and distress one minute and sheer bliss and gratification another. Its the never ending story with parenting no matter how old your kids are. Emotionally you go up and down; you have your share of frustrations; but overall the majority of us are satisfied. We have contentment within our families and that is whats important. Kids will be kids. We have to set their boundaries. Thats no easy task. With love and a positive perspective it can be done. Good luck to all of us!
-- Amazing Gaze