ABC’S of Parenthood

I “borrowed” this from a plaque that I saw recently and wanted to share it.  I have always loved simple statements of truth in quotes or sayings. It gave me the idea to share my own ABC’s of Parenthood….I hope you enjoy 🙂 Mine are in parentheses next to them.

Ask for help!  (Answer the tough questions) (Allow for mistakes)

Be proud of them (Believe in them) (Bake together)

Call a babysitter  (Create peace & balance)

Discover Joy (Dream together) (DANCE!)

Eat birthday cake (not just on birthdays) (Exercise your mind and body)

Find Time (Free your lost inner child) (if it’s lost or broken)

Give them a road map (Glorify God) (Greet strangers kindly)

Honor individuality (Host fun parties) (Happily help them with their homework) (seriously)

Inspire! (Invent exciting adventures!)

Just Listen (Jump in puddles)

Kiss them goodnight (and good morning) (Keep the good memories alive and make many more)

Let them go (Love them unconditionally) (LAUGH LAUGH LAUGH!)

Meet their friends (Make music together) (Munch really tasty and unique foods)

Nurture Kindness  (Never underestimate what they understand)

Order Takeout (Organize your junk!) (that one is for me :))

Pay Attention (PRAY together everyday!)

Quiet Fears (but don’t dismiss them) (Never Quit making your own list!)

Read to them (Regularly) (Reach out to others in need)

Set high standards (Send thank you notes)  (Sit together at the dinner table)

Tip the Tooth fairy! (Treat others the way you want to be treated)

Use Hand Sanitizer (Understand their pain and struggles)

Value Opinions (Vent your anger responsibly)

Wear comfortable shoes (Wish upon the stars) (Wake up with good thoughts)

EXplain the Important Stuff (Xpect ups and downs)

SaY “I love you” (everyday) (don’t Yell (to much)

BE AMAZED (catch enough ZZZZZZZ’s!)

The following is a poster I have hanging in my daughter’s room. It is by a favorite writier/artist named Sark. It sums up much of what parenthood is all about!

HOW TO REALLY LOVE A CHILD

BE THERE. SAY YES AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE. LET THEM BANG ON POTS AND PANS. IF THEY ARE CRABBY, PUT THEM IN WATER. IF THEY’RE UNLOVABE, LOVE YOURSELF, REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BE A CHILD, GO TO A MOVIE THEATRE IN YOUR PAJAMAS, READ BOOKS OUT LOUD WITH JOY, INVENT PLEASURES TOGETHER, REMEMBER HOW REALLY SMALL THEY ARE, GIGGLE A LOT, SURPRISE THEM, SAY NO WHEN NECESSARY, TEACH FEELINGS, HEAL YOUR OWN INNER CHILD, LEARN ABOUT PARENTING, HUG TREES TOGETHER, MAKE LOVING SAFE, BAKE A CAKE AND EAT IT WITH NO HANDS, GO FIND ELEPHANTS AND KISS THEM, PLAN TO BUILD A ROCKETSHIP, IMAGINE YOURSELF MAGIC, MAKE LOTS OF FORTS WITH BLANKETS, LET YOUR ANGEL FLY, REVEAL YOUR OWN DREAMS, SEARCH OUT THE POSITIVE, KEEP THE GLEAM IN YOUR EYE, MAIL LETTERS TO GOD, ENCOURAGE SILLY, PLANT LICORICE IN YOUR GARDEN, OPEN UP, STOP YELLING, EXPRESS YOUR LOVE, A LOT, SPEAK KINDLY, PAINT THEIR TENNIS SHOES, HANDLE WITH CARING

CHILDREN ARE MIRACULOUS

Here is a favorite song of mine about parenthood. It is beautiful!

 

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