Parenting: What Makes It All Worth While For You?

As I get ready to welcome our second child into this world… let me start over. I’m READY to have this baby already! My legs hurt, my stomach feels stretched to the limit, I’m swollen, and I can’t sleep, sit, eat, walk, or bend over comfortably. And this is my second time around! As I waddle through my house cleaning up after our “toddler tornado” made landing this evening, I couldn’t help but ask myself why people choose to be parents. What makes all this sacrifice worth it? Then, all I have to do is think of my son’s face and I’m immediately filled with this warm, fulfilled, perfectly-in-love feeling and my question is answered.

Let’s face it though. Parenting is hard. It’s got to be the hardest thing I have ever done. And yet, people CHOOSE to be parents all the time.

If someone were to ask you today: “Would you rather have a lot of free time, extra money for vacations, use your personal days at work for your self, have all the time you want with the person you love, and go out for social events guilt-free whenever you want… OR none of the above? There would have to be a phenomenal reason for giving all that up right?

So, what is that reason for you?

For me, it’s those small moments when I see my child master a new skill, or run into my arms as if I’m the greatest person in the world. It’s getting to be close to him and feel his face and hands as he falls asleep. It’s just the mere thought that he is the most special gift I could ever receive.

As a parent, these moments are mixed in with crazy dinner time, never hearing a word of the news, and attempting conversations with my husband, all while clapping for my child’s latest trick. But the point is the moments are there. If I were ever given an opportunity to have all that great stuff I mentioned above in exchange for never having kids, I would say “Not in a million years!” I would choose the sacrifice any day!

Author: Kim Peterson, MA, LPC-S, RPT

Kim is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, and Registered Play Therapist in Dallas, Texas.

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