Most of the time, parents focus on the hardships and struggles that come with raising a child. Every child is different and needs different things. And as they grow, a new set of challenges arise. But it’s unfair to depict parenthood as a miserable endless task that parents endure without any benefit at all. That simple isn’t true. After all, kids give our lives meaning and joy. They are a purpose and a wonder to be around. Sometimes the bedtime tantrums, additional expenses and sacrifices can make us lose sight of why we had kids in the first place. But that’s why we’re here to remind you of all the rewards of being a parent. Being a parent isn’t for everyone. But if you’ve got a little one, don’t forget to look at the bright side of parenting too. Let’s take a look at a few things your kids bring to your life.
1. Seeing Everything With A Fresh Pair Of Eyes
Everything from a leaf to the sea is a marvelous sight to a child. All kids want to do from the time they are infants is soak in their environment. They are curious about the world and find everything fascinating. And when you are around them, some of our childlike wonder is revived as well. As we grow older, we take the world around us for granted. Having a child allows you to see even the most mundane things from a fresh perspective which renews your appreciation for the world. Kids help you get excited about life all over again. And that is one of the best things about them!
2. The Intense Feeling Of Love
If you want your life to feel like an abundance of love then having kids is the right move for you. There’s nothing that teaches you unconditional love like having kids. From the moment you hold your tiny tot in your hands, you know you’ll do just about anything for them. You want to be a better person for them. And that’s wonderful. Through the course of your parenting journey you and your child will learn important lessons of patience, understanding, failure and forgiveness. The relationship with your child may very well be the most significant relationship you have with anyone in the world. Isn’t that something! So, you might as well make it one that is filled with love and joy.
3. Living Up To Your Child’s High Regard
You are your child’s first role model, teacher, counselor and best friend. And although this may seem like a daunting task, all you really have to do is try and show your kids that you care about their wellbeing. Being a parent isn’t like programming a robot to be the perfect human. It’s more like being a shepherd who looks after their sheep. Your little one’s have their own mind and free will. But they can be guided by you and the environment you make for them to be better people. But being the person your child looks up to should be an honor. After all, you are exemplifying the role of a caregiver to them. You get to teach them how to be kind, honest and considerate individuals. Every parent wants their child to hold them in high regard and it’s very doable if you always strive to do right by them.
4. You Learn To Appreciate Your Own Parents
No human being is perfect and neither is any parent. But having kids of your own may give you some insight into why your parents chose to do things that you never understood. For instance, now that you have a child, you understand that asking for details about their life isn’t you being obsessed with them but a way to stay connected to them while ensuring that they are safe. You understand why sneaking off to a party as a teenager gave your mom a heart attack. And why your dad didn’t like you dating in middle school. Not to mention that you finally see the behind the scenes action that goes into making a home run smoothly throughout the week.
5. Wanting To Live Life To The Fullest
Having kids doesn’t mean that you stop living your life. Quite the opposite really. Having kids should encourage you to value life and all that comes with it. Look forward to the new adventures you can have with your little ones. All the new things you can learn and the meaningful life lessons coming your way. Having kids is not the end of your life, just the life you once knew. You are ready to start engaging in a more exciting one with a few helpers by your side.
Being a parent is one of life’s greatest joys, and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. There’s so much you can learn from your little ones. So, keep loving life with your children!
Was this article helpful?The following two tabs change content below. Kezia holds a deep interest in writing about women adapting to motherhood and childcare. She writes on several topics that help women navigate the joys and responsibilities of being a new mom and celebrate every stage of their baby’s development. When she is not writing for MomJunction, she sings in a classical Western choir and reads endlessly.more