Most challenging part of being a Parent.

United States
January 14, 2011 2:07pm CST
One day i would like to start a family and have my own kids to be running after and taking care of. Right now i have been with my boyfriend for two years and am just waiting to get engaged and to live a happy life with him. We both wants kids eventually and im just wondering what the most challenging thing is to you about being a parent. Im sure there are alot of challenging things out there about being a parent and just want some thought and inputs about this.
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6 responses
@sender621 (14970)
• United States
15 Jan 11
The most challenging part of being a parent comes with each new day. responsibilities and discoveries of your children are constantly changing. Helping our our children to be the best adults they can possibly be is all we should ask of ourselves.
15 Jan 11
Parenting is very challenging. It is very difficult and probably, you might consider it a worst nightmare. No matter how carefully you plan and look after your family, there will come a time that you find yourself dealing with difficult parenting issues. I am a single mom and there are a lot of things to consider. You have to make sacrifices just to give your children what's best for them. But, i never regretted the day i decided to become a parent because every time i see my child smiling at me, learning new things and even by just calling me "Mommy", it made me realize that this challenge of being a parent makes my life worthwhile. Accept the challenge and you'll see how beautiful life is being a parent.
@bounce58 (17555)
• Canada
15 Jan 11
For me, I think the most challenging part is taking it easy on myself. Everyday, I'm always challenging myself to do what's best for the kids. But the daily circumstances don't necessarily allow for the 'best' to be given to the children. So, sometimes I feel guilty, inadequate, and helpless at making sure my kids get the everything. But the suprising thing is, that even if you fail once in a while, they still love you just the same. And that makes it all worth it.
• Philippines
14 Jan 11
Hi! Everyday is a challenge for me as a mom. From the time i got pregnant to the moment i've given birth to my precious daughter. I am always with here to guide, care & give her the best to help fulfill her mission in life. Being a good parent is another thing that challenges me every single day. Happy day to you!
@uath13 (8227)
• United States
14 Jan 11
Imagine the worst day you've EVER had. Now multiply it 10 times & that's what your average day will be. There's the stress, financial problems, lack of time. You stop living for yourself & start living for the kids. YOU stop mattering. Maybe it's the fact that I haven't been able to have a real vacation in 18 years, my kids got to the doctor & dentist BEFORE I do & the money is usually long gone by the time it's my turn ( leaving me with a painful absess , missing crowns , etc ) or the fact that my youngest is now a teenager & going through that " I know everything & don't have to listen to you" stage & I'm being a little over sinicle. I love my kids...Really I do. Looking back maybe a dog would have been a less stressful alternative though.
@katsmeow1213 (24667)
• United States
14 Jan 11
Each stage comes with it's own various challenges. At first you're just praying for a full night's sleep. Then you can't wait until the child can feed itself and free up some of your time. Then the child is mobile and getting into things it shouldn't, because it's curious.. that was always a difficult and stressful stage for me. You literally can't take your eyes off them for a second, and they're so persistant! I discovered there's really no safe place for anything. My children were able to move chairs and climb on things to get to something they wanted that was very high up. My children learned at 18 months old how to open the fridge and I'd walk into the kitchen to find a dozen eggs smashed all over the floor. Also there was a time when my twins were 3 that at 4am they woke up and let themselves outside to play! That was scary. It doesn't really get any easier after that. When they're in grade school you have to worry about them getting good grades, staying on task, not fighting with each other or other kids. Right now my biggest challenge is their energy level. When we're cooped up in the house they get so loud and hyper, and will do things they know they aren't supposed to just out of boredom. Of course there's also financial difficulties, which honestly are the #1 biggest problem for us. I haven't worked since the twins were born because I can't afford child care, babysitters charge more money than I could make at any job. Kids are really expensive, no matter what the age. Diapers are $10 a week, formula is like $30 a container, clothes, toys, school supplies, doctor visits, cold medicine.. and there's always some little thing that comes up last minute like they need $5 to go on a field trip or something.