Parenting. I remember hearing that word as a child and it’s meaning was so simple because the destination was seemingly far away. But as my journey would have it, it was actually much closer. It was a relatively warm spring day in May of 2003 when my first born came roaring into this world via c-section. I was a whopping 18 years old, still wet behind the ears and had no clue what it really meant to be a mother.
As the years would roll by, I would come to learn that I still didn’t know anything about parenting; at least outside of the basics. So, in honor of my almost 15 years in parenthood, along with 2 additional kids; I’ve decided to share 5 important gems that I have learned along the way.
I. Teenage years are definitely a comeuppance for what you did as a teen.
Yup. I said it. Just know that if you were a rebellious teen mild to extreme; you will receive your penance ten fold. So just because you made it into adulthood seemingly unscathed, issued apologies to your own mother and became a somewhat responsible adult does not mean you are off the hook. You’ve been warned.
II. Prayer is important, but wine is great too!
In my book, nothing replaces the calming peace of prayer. However, I have found wine to be a second close.
III. Every disagreement is a Law & Order episode.
These children nowadays are born to be defense attorneys. You might as well know that everything you tell them to do will be met with some case study involving this girl from school who’s mother let her do [insert here]. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
IV. There will be lots of tears. LOTS.
Astronomical amounts of tears. From both sides, the kids and you. Mostly you though as you drink straight from the bottle, pull your hair out simultaneously and question the validity of the maternity test you never took.
V. Parenting will age you but give you wisdom too.
I hope you have found the bomb skincare regiment because you are without a doubt going to need it. There’s only so many diaper changes, middle of the night feedings, pacifier weaning, potty training, learning how to talk, talking back, going to high school moments a mom can take. And all the moments in between the ones I just named.
And the reality is, after all of this; every moment will absolutely be worth it. I promise.