When you become a parent, no one can prepare you for what you’re about to go through or what you’ll feel.
Some have parenting all figured out before they have kids. Some don’t have a clue what they are doing to begin with. One thing is for sure, through the parenting journey, things don’t quite go like we plan. Things change and you begin to learn and grow with your babies.
Here are some of my personal discoveries that you’re likely to encounter also.
1) Love at first sight isn’t just for fairy tales.
They say that love at first sight isn’t real. I believed it when I met my husband. But, even more so, I felt this when I brought our boys into this world. And I knew other parents felt that way for their children also.
2) Boys can’t cry.
Growing up, I never really saw boys or men cry. Society views it as something men shouldn’t do. Now, as a boy mom, I know my little boys aren’t invincible. Even a grown man can cry. It’s not a weakness, it just shows men have compassion and that they feel.
3) Kids teach us to open our eyes to what’s all around us.
Kids have the ability to teach us about life. They tell us to look up at the airplane or at the cool bug they found. Kids ask questions that sometimes we have a hard time answering, but the questions that are good for our soul.
4) Enter a new world by reading to your children.
One of our fondest memories of childhood is often times our parents having read to us. What a great opportunity to journey through a magical world! The best part is getting to be close and snuggle with your little ones.
5) Sneaky, but brilliant kids.
You’ll experience moments in which you won’t know whether to be impressed or upset. And yes, my son really did this. And after I was able to get the door unlocked, he was enjoying a bucket of ice cream with a spoon on the couch. I had to hold back a laugh!
When you’re a parent, you experience many dynamics to life. If you are lucky, you are able to learn the perspective of innocent eyes.
Being a parent is aiming for one thing and needing backup plans. You can never predict a thing. They are full of surprises and you can never guess how your day will go. But it is such a beautiful experience.
No one tells you how hard it will be, but they also never tell you how in love you will be.