A JOB WELL DONEI often wonder how you decide if you did a good job of parenting your children. So many people struggle with putting in the effort and then having their adult children turn their backs on everything and make some truly awful decisions. It is so hard to be a mother of a child who makes wrong choices over and over again. Fortunately those children are in the minority.
EXCEEDING OUR EXPECTATIONSFor most of us, there is a sense of satisfaction in seeing our children launch themselves into the world and find their own way to a good life. It has been so rewarding watching both our children exceed us in their education and in their careers. They have both progressed further and faster than we did at their age and it is a testimony to their diligence and commitment to study, and a strong work ethic that got them there. (I'd like to think that we had a little bit of input too!)
But it's not just how well they've done in their material world, it's also about the type of people they are becoming. As a mother I think I am even more pleased to see them mature and make good decisions and become really good human beings. It's nice to see them contributing to the world and investing in other people.
BUILDING STRONG FOUNDATIONSIt's an honour as a mother to have produced children who have turned out to be good people. Although I know in the back of my mind that it is by luck as much as by design, I am still relieved and pleased to know they are adding value to our society and not adding to the problems of the world. My heart goes out to parents who are struggling with children who are breaking their hearts with their life choices - no parent should have to go through that. I truly believe that the foundations we put into our children when they are young will eventually show through and that is the hope that these parents hold to. I just keep praying every day for my kids and I am so thankful they turned out to be adults I can be proud of.
Ours are coming home for the Easter break and I can't wait to see them and their spouses and our little granddaughter. Life is good when your kids are independent, and even better when they like returning to the nest every so often for a visit.
If you'd like to read more about Adult Kids you can go HERE or HERE.
See you tomorrow for L which is for Letting Go of Drama.