Tammy Thomas Garnes

Failure Is Not An Option

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2009 at 3:00 pm

DSC_0143Mothers Day often times brings out a little anxiety for Daddy as he searches for a great gift and gratitude as Mommy accepts all the cards, well wishes and love. This Mothers Day I couldn’t help but dwell on the enormity of what it means to be a parent. Before you have children it all looks so easy. You feed and clothe the little boogers, help them with homework and eventually they leave and go to college..right? But after you have your first it becomes crystal clear that this a 24/7 job with few vacations, no sick leave and a salary far less than what you’re worth.

But I’m always struck with the constant feeling that failure is not an option. So much is resting on each lesson I teach. The child that is not told no often enough could become defiant. The child that is not hugged and kissed enough could become isolated. The child that is “helped” too much could become overly dependent. And let’s not even go there with the child that gets no help at all.

So no matter how you choose to celebrate this special day, know that the work we all do as parents (and aunts, uncles, grands) is special, appreciated and respected.  You can count on this….parenting, done well, will never go out of style.

Happy Mothers Day!

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