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13 Things I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Parenting

13 Things I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Parenting

My oldest just turned 10. TEN! Double digits! How is it possible that I’ve been a mother for a decade? Here are some of the things I’ve learned along the way:

13 Things I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Parenting

  1. The difficult stages do end. But so do the completely delicious ones. With each one you learn more about your child and yourself than you’d expect.
  2. Perfection is completely overrated, not possible and should never actually be the goal.
  3. Making dinner every night is exhausting and never-ending. So are the piles of laundry.
  4. Love has the ability to grow and grow and grow.
  5. As they age, kid’s challenges get more complicated but so does their ability to reason, think and figure things out.
  6. Having a random dance party changes moods.
  7. Being the “bad guy” because it’s the right thing to do is always hard.
  8. I know why milk is sold in gallons.
  9. I’ve been a full-time working mom, a stay-at-home mom and a part-time working mom. Each option had challenges and benefits. No option was ideal.
  10. Putting myself first sometimes has made me a better mother.
  11. I appreciate my own parents – and everything they’ve taught me – more.
  12. The clichés you’re told when pregnant are all true – especially about time passing quickly.
  13. My role as “mom” to my 2 girls will be, hands down, the best thing I ever do in my life.



I am many things to many people, but my favorite role of all, is as mom to my two girls. I have pendulum swung between being a work-aholic mom and a stay-at-home mom and am currently trying to find the right balance of both worlds one day at a time. I’m pretty good at not sweating the small stuff and use the quote “Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.” from Ralph Waldo Emerson to guide me through life.

 

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