You are Mum…You are Dad…And You are Appreciated More than You Know!

The past few weeks have been an amalgamation of wonderful moments with my children as well as some difficult, tearful days. Today, I would like to dedicate this post to mothers and fathers, and the incredible job they do in bringing up their children. It’s a hard job… but know that you are appreciated. Take a look in the mirror and recognize the man or woman who is bringing up another human being, a precious life. I am not a poet but these are the words from my heart to yours today:

Image courtesy of pinterest (worksinsweatsmama.com)
Image courtesy of pinterest (worksinsweatsmama.com)

There are days when you feel like what you do is not enough

There are days when you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing

There are days you feel like the responsibility is too great to bear

There are days you feel like you are drowning

There are days you feel misunderstood

There are days when it feels like no one notices

There are days you want to disappear

But know that this is just one side of the coin

The other side shows the children who depend on you

The children who view you as their hero

The children who dote on you

The children whose eyes light up when they see you

Children 3The children who are so quick to forgive

The children who giggle when you tickle them

The children who love you to read that same bedtime story

The children who love to be enveloped in your arms

The children who feel secure in your embrace

The children who despite life’s challenges

Will know that they are loved

You are playing a vital role

A role that has no price tag

You are mom

You are dad

And you are appreciated more than you know

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When the day is a challenge with your kids, take a deep breath, smile and remember some of the silly things you can do or used to do with them like rolling around on the floor, playing peekaboo, or disguising your voice with funny, foreign accents. I like to remember the fact that my son explodes into laughter when my husband pretends he has slipped on the floor. Is there any group of people on the planet who can be simultaneously so difficult yet so easy to please? My life is forever changed by my children. They make me laugh, they make me cry, they’ve made me grow up, and they’ve taught me so much. Don’t give up, mum or dad. You are doing your best and your children will remember you, and your unconditional love for them.

Caleb and Naomi, life is fun when you're zipping around the house on your Fisher-Price automobile!
Caleb and Naomi, life is fun when you’re zipping around the house on your Fisher-Price automobile! Won’t you come along with us for the ride?
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