Every parent is different. Even in the same family, the parents will have a different outlook on what’s most important to them. These ideals are based on where we come from, where we are, where we want to go. And these ideals inform our parenting.
Each day I think about the job I did that day with my kids. I think that’s part of my generation; we’re a generation of thinkers and over-analyzers. But I want my children to be self-aware, not self-absorbed; generous with their time and affection and stingy with their judgments and cross words. And there’s only one way to do that.
I need to show my children, with my actions, how to be a good person. I need to smile more and yell less. Walk and savor the moment instead of run and rush through it. Laugh at the silly things and the difficult things and always, always look for a silver lining, for the lesson in the test.
And that’s the mom I choose to be today.