There’s no doubt about it. Parenting is hard work. There are the sleepless nights, the dirty nappies, the tantrums and the messy mealtimes. But if you think that’s all there is to it, you couldn’t be more wrong! We took to Twitter to ask our followers what they loved about being a parent, and the response we got was amazing. So is parenting the hardest job in the world? Maybe. But if anything is worth doing, it’s worth doing well, and it’s likely to be a challenge too.
“It makes me proud to see my daughter grow and develop new skills, and seeing how kind she treats other kids.”
As parents, we want our children to be happy and to grow and develop into kind and happy people. @wavetomummy told us that her daughter makes her proud every day and @GreatNorthMum added that “Seeing my biggest boy make his baby brother laugh and show him so much affection” makes her heart melt. And we’re not surprised! Kindness is important. And knowing that you passed that on is something very special indeed. As our friends at @BabaandBoo say, “when their teachers say that they are a joy to be around and are kind to their classmates. Makes me burst!”
From a tiny baby, to a tiny person, these little people never cease to amaze us! What does your little one do to make you proud?
“When someone meets your child with their grandparents (whilst I’m at work) and remarks at how well behaved & polite they are!”
We’re with you @Mrsshilts, it’s always nice to know they can behave well without you too! Because no matter how hard we try, we can’t be with them all the time. We have to loosen the ties and let them grow, let them explore. Let them be their own person. So it’s always a bonus when you discover that the person you made is actually really nice!
But all of this is not to say that our little angels don’t have their moments too. We all do! Kids are still learning and let’s face it, there are many many rules out there to follow. We all have bad days, and kids are allowed them too. It’s how we react to them that leaves an impression. The lovely Fi at @childcareisfun believes wholeheartedly in celebrating every small achievement:
“Every little success and every precious moment – no matter how small, makes me feel wonderful and incredibly proud to be a parent.”
That pride and happiness is bound to rub off on the children too, so keep it up! Lizzie at @firstooth agrees, stating that “their achievements big and small” make her proud every day.
So is it really the hardest job in the world? It’s exhausting. It’s emotional. It’s hard. But the hardest job in the world surely has to be knowing when to let them go. These days, while they’re little, are so intense. But they don’t last long, and before you know it they’re long gone. So cherish every moment. Have an extra cuddle tonight. Read an extra story at bedtime. Spend a little longer listening to your toddler’s tales of the day. It’s all worth it.