It is often commonplace to associate parenting with nappies, feeds, and the endless amount of toys. But there is so much more to parenting than that. For me, being a parent is about maintaining a child’s innocence, while at the same time, shaping who they later become in life.
I am often complimented on how well-behaved my children are. And this is a compliment I gladly accept, simply because it is something I work on everyday. As a ‘stay at home mother’ of three, I pride myself on teaching my children manners, morals and respect for others, as well as themselves.
I believe that when you a parent, you not only have a responsibility to your children, but to other children as well. The things you teach your children could directly or indirectly have an impact on others, and that is something I take very seriously.
Children will sometimes stray, do things out of character or out of the norm; but in part, we must accept responsibility for their actions. As parents, WE are the ones teaching them right from wrong. WE are the ones modelling behaviour for them. WE are the ones showing them how to treat other people.
When I look at my children, I am so incredibly proud to be their mother. Like all children, they have their moments, their tantrums, and their unpredictable behaviour; but I know that I am doing the best job that I can. They always have a smile on their face, enjoy the simple things that children do; but at the same time, are growing up to be such beautiful people. And by realising what it really means to be a parent, I am giving them the best start in life.