Spending Time With My Children
March 12, 2016 1:23pm CST
When I was raising my girls alone I was under a tremendous weight. I felt as though the world rested on my shoulders. However, I took on the responsibility of teaching my children right from wrong, how to make the right choices, and to respect themselves. I am getting a little tired of hearing from parents how hard it is and how they just don't have the time to spend with their children. Believe me, I've been there and I know how hard it can be and how tired you can get. I managed to work a full time and part time job plus get my children where they needed to go. They were involved in dancing, cheerleading, and softball. It was a lot of time spent working and driving but you do find a way to do it. I also knew what was going on in their lives, who their friends were, and what was important to them. Am I a Superwoman? No, just an ordinary tired person who lived to help my children make a good future for themselves. Do I succeed? Absolutely. I am proud of my daughters, they are strong independent women who have self-respect, wonderful manners, and a very bright future. I was so exhausted that many times I would fall asleep in my car waiting for them to come out from their dancing classes or cheerleading practices. Do I regret all the running around, sleepless nights, working till I felt ready to drop? No, I sure don't. When I look back at that exhausting, sometime frustrating, always loving time I am thrilled that I did what I did. I put my children first. Looking back I know I would never be able to live with my self if I had done it any other way. I have the memories of our heartfelt talks in the car, the chit chat about their days and the fond memory of my youngest daughter telling me, "Mom, you always know what is important to us". I'll take the "I love you's". the smiles, and the little secrets over a quiet time in a chair with my feet propped up any day.
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12 Mar 16
@HazySue I agree, children need our time, we raised up our 3 kids full time , they were under our watch from birth, me, my wife and my mother included and glad to say I am also reaping the benefits and rewards to see them become very responsible, intelligent, God fearing and Church going Christians.
• Pikeville, North Carolina
12 Mar 16
You accomplished what a lot of parents don't even see as important, spending time with and sacrificing your own wants and desires for your children. My wife and I as a team did the same.We both worked full-time in jobs that demanded a lot more than 40 hours a week, before I went into teaching (a job that still requires more than 40 hours a week) but one of us was at every game, school event, Scout meeting, camping trip, you name it, and more often than not we were both there. We were coaches, leaders, chaperons, whatever it took to be involved and a part of their lives. Congratulations to you on raising two fine daughters. Now it's time for you to relax, put your feet up, and raise a glass to the knowledge that you did it right!
• Democratic Republic Of The Congo
12 Mar 16
I get to stay home with my baby but I still always worry I'm somehow not spending enough time with her since I get busy with other things at home. Its even more amazing when someone is a single parent and they still manage to do everything and do a good job with their kids.