As a parent, I wish for nothing more than my children to never have to go through anything trying or challenging. I naturally want them to have more than I have, I don’t want them to have to struggle or feel pain or hurt…ever. I also know that simply isn’t reality nor would that make very well-adjusted adults. More realistically, here are the things I wish for my kids.
- Be a kind human. Not only to people you like, but especially to people you don’t vibe with. Everyone deserves kindness.
- Never lose your sense of adventure. Keep reaching kiddos; nothing is outside of your limits.
- Don’t settle. In work, and in relationships, do what makes you happy. Choose a life that brings out the best in you.
- Family first. No matter what the future brings, your family is here for you, always and forever without question.
- Remember your ideas are meaningful and powerful. Don’t be afraid to develop them and share them…they are valid.
- Wear what you want. Who cares what everyone thinks. If you are feeling it, do it. You look great.
- Don’t forget each other. Your brother is your greatest ally, when I get old and potentially lose my mind, you will have each other. You have a built-in best friend. No one will ever understand you like your sibling does.
- Forgive us for the mistakes me have made (or will make) as parents. I know it seems like we know what we are doing, but let’s face it, we are winging it on the daily. We won’t do everything right, but we always have your best interest in mind…always.
- Confide in me like a friend but remember to respect the fact that I am your parent. You can always come to me without fear of judgment. I will do everything I can to always understand, but also remember, I am your mom. I am always going to want the best for you, even if it means I don’t always agree. Just because I don’t agree, doesn’t mean I don’t support you.
- That you will have a lifetime of health and wellness. I strive every day to give you a good example of health, give you the tools to live well-balanced and healthy. Just as you need me, I need you around for a good long time, so take care of yourselves my darlings.
I could go on forever with this and as I feel the tears start to swell in my eyes at the thought of my babies growing, I know in my heart that I want nothing but the best for them. Being a parent is by far the most difficult thing I have taken on, but it is also the most rewarding. I remember people telling me that having children is like having your heart walking outside of your body…I also remember rolling my eyes at this. Oh, how wrong I was. I love those two so much it hurts. They are my heart. As I see my boys grow and develop, it gives me the overwhelming sense of hope for the future. So here is to wishing on a star, throwing in a coin, blowing out the candles and hoping for the very best.