Blessings of parenting! This time of year brings up lots of feelings.
Thanksgiving is in the air! Happy Turkey Day to you 🦃. Holidays are so much fun and everyone’s feeling #blessed and #grateful but also secretly #stressed and #sleepdeprived. But that’s not going to stop us from having a blast with family and friends this break.
Let’s take a moment and look at all the “blessings” we get to receive from being a parent. And be sure to let us know what we missed in the comments.
Keep in mind that not all of these are as good as we want them to be…
- You Learn Selflessness.
You don’t know exhaustion until you bring a newborn home. Until you have a toddler who likes to wake up at 4 a.m. to start the day. And then after that, you’ll be up waiting for your teenager to get home by curfew.
When you become a parent, you get the privilege of raising another human being but it does come with some changes.
You give up your sleep, your time, your food, your money, and sometimes, a little bit of who you are. That selflessness is all for that little bundle of joy and it’s worth it, right? Definitely!
2. You Become a Pro at Multitasking.
Multitasking, is it good or bad? Over the past few years, multitasking has gotten a bad rap in the media and even though I’m the QUEEN of Multitasking, I can agree with the issues.
As a parent, you would likely not get a single thing done in a day if you weren’t able to multitask. Cooking dinner while holding your newborn. Ironing clothes while helping your child with their homework. Washing the dishes while listening to a podcast (yes, even that is multitasking). Multitasking is sometimes unavoidable.
When is multitasking an issue? When it leads you to a breakdown. We get so caught up in the cycle of, “I can do it all,” that we forget what is most important. Our kids.
The laundry can wait. Dinner can get cold. And most of all, you can ignore your phone for 10 minutes while you wrestle with your child on the ground.
If you find yourself getting a little impatient with your kids, take a step back and examine whether or not you’re trying to do too many things at one time.
3. You Go With the Flow.
Kids are the perfect example of living life to the fullest. They find curiosity in everything. They fight you on naptime because they don’t want to miss a single thing from the day. And they live their life second to second. If you need a visual of that just go into a toy room after a child has been in there for maybe 5 minutes!
As a parent, you will probably go insane if you try to control everything. You learn to live in the chaos. Toys everywhere. The toilet paper roll empty from your toddler running around the house laughing as the TP trails behind him. Leaving your grocery cart full of food because your child is having a meltdown and you just CANNOT!
You learn how to go with the flow.
4. You Realize How Strong You Are.
Becoming a parent is like becoming a superhero. You get crazy powers like functioning off of no sleep, getting your baby to take a bottle, and making your child giggle for the first time.
Parenting is the hardest job in the world. You don’t get breaks (do nap times count?). You don’t get PTO. You don’t get paid. And you rarely get recognition.
But you wake up day after day as Chief Mom Officer and you handle the troops. Did your child stay in PJs all day? Yes, but they were fed, well-rested, and happy.
5. You See Who You Really Are ;).
How are you after a week of no sleep? That’s how you REALLY get to know someone, see them when they are sleep deprived.
Nobody wants to admit this, but mom rage is real. Do you ever have one of those days where you just lose it? Maybe your child woke up super early. Or refuses to put their coat on before playing in the snow. Sometimes it’s hard to keep your cool when you have a little human fighting against you at every turn.
But it’s not all bad! You also learn what is most important to you. You grasp on to those things to make sure that they don’t slip away. You learn that you can be patient, loving, and protective when you need to be. And you learn where you can improve!
6. You Become an Expert Negotiator.
How do you become an expert negotiator? By learning from the best (your child). It’s pretty incredible how young your child can be when you start “negotiating” with them!
Your baby might not be using a lot of words quite yet but they sure know how to point and CRY until they get what they are requesting.
Then they get older and bedtime turns into a game of 20 questions. Can I get water? What if I’m not tired? Can I watch a show? It goes on. And on.
As a parent, you learn when to give and when to take.
7. You Learn Unconditional Love.
Parenting looks like I-just-woke-up-no-makeup-yoga-pants-food-in-my-hair but FEELS like ^^this mama panda wrestling with her baby^^.
It’s the hardest AND most rewarding job there is. And if you learn anything at all, it’s the ability to love unconditionally.
When you are going through your “blessed” times, just remember that the days are long but the years are short. You will look back on this time and remember the good more than the bad.