At twenty-two, I found I was pregnant with my first child, and I was mortified. This feeling of shell shock lasted for about three days. Then, an amazing thing happened. I became attached. I was changing and my daughter wasn’t even here yet. Now my two wonderful children have taught me five valuable lessons that I’d have never learned on my own
Health is not an Option
Both pregnancies made me critically evaluate what I consumed. I started taking organic supplements and eating more fruits and vegetables. I knew that my health was intertwined with how healthy my children would be. Also, I want to be at my healthiest for my children.
They’re Always Watching
I have a potty mouth. I am good for saying the worst words, sometimes in front of my kids. Being a parent just made me more mindful of how I represent myself in general. They don’t have to be watching. I am more compassionate when speaking to others and more mindful of how others are treated.
I always voted in the presidential elections. I did community service in high school. As a parent, I go above and beyond. I investigate charities that I admire or that cater to children. I investigate all candidates in even local elections, trying to make the best possible choice. My decisions don’t just affect me. I have my children to think about.
Not that Interested
Whether I am tuning out a friend because I am reprimanding my daughter or because my children are doing something hilarious, I am the worst when talking on the phone. This is completely rude, but the dating escapades of my childless friends aren’t nearly as interesting as my daughter singing and dancing along to Beyonce.
I Will Go There
i was in the grocery store as two women started fighting over who was in line first. One of them pushed me while I was holding my daughter and pregnant with my son. I learned a valuable lesson that day. If I feel that my children are in danger. I will snap! I went off. I was not trying at all to stoop to their level, but I couldn’t help myself. A primal instinct made me protect my children.
Parenting is a full time job that is constantly evolving and ever rewarding. I am grateful for the lessons that my children have taught me. They challenge me to be the best version of myself. I look forward to the many challenges that lie in our future.