As parents, we always want the best things for our kids. But in an attempt to protect them, do we overdo our ‘job’ as a mother or a father? That’s a very important question to ask ourselves especially when we are trying to prepare our kids for the future, helping them deal with an inevitable aspect of growing up—disappointment.
For many American households, grandparents function as the primary caregiver for the kids. In case you are wondering how many, a 2016 pbs.org article puts the number at 2.7 million in the US alone who raise their grandkids. Experts believe that this trend is here to stay. It comes as no surprise that grandparents have a day dedicated to them.
I cherish their life and try to capture the moment by snapping a picture. At times, or I should say, many times they don’t want their picture taken. Thursday was an evening that consisted of are routine afternoon adventures.
The primary advantages of being a stay-at-home mom is the fact that you can be there for your child whenever your little one needs you. Any mom knows how difficult it is to leave a baby for hours while she has to go to work. While separation anxiety in a baby does not start before six months of age, a mom probably starts feeling it right after giving birth.
So when was the last time you saw a working mom with a perfectly clean house, flawless skin and makeup and always smiling, obedient kids? Chances are in a TV commercial. But life beyond the idiot box is so very different. Ask any working mom and she can vouch for how hard it is to score a perfect ten when it comes to being an awesome mom and a great employee. But that is also the point where most ‘complications’ begin, that is, when we try to be ‘perfect’. Because being perfect was never necessary, being happy was. And once we understand and work according to this simple principle, the whole thing might not seem to be so difficult after all!