I am really excited to share this part of my journey with you!
I recently received a comment from one of you in response to something I stated in my first post. Here is A snippet from the comment left by j:
"it's funny i'm torn. i think that you must live for your kids. without living for your kids.....I don't know how else to put it."
Allow me to explain why I believe it is so important that we do not live solely for our children.
As parents we are role models. We set the example for how our children should behave. I have a couple of personal examples I want to share with you.
1. When I was in elementary school, my mother went back to school. She received her B.A. and graduated with honors. My mom also worked on the school newspaper. She managed to do that while also caring for my sister and me. I was so proud of her at her graduation. Now, as an adult, I understand how much work it took for her to accomplish all that she did.
2. My husband has been cutting his own hair and our son's hair since my son was born. Last week my son decided to cut his own hair. Unfortunately, he cut himself in the process. Luckily it wasn't a bad cut at all. Wanting to be like his father, he wanted to take responsibility for his own hair.
These two instances let me know how important it is for us as parents to know who we are. If we are happy, balanced and personally fulfilled, we will be more likely to have children who grow up to be truly happy as well.