Parental appreciation

Today, I just want to give a big shoutout to all the parents and guardians doing their best to take care of the kiddos in their life. Whether you work outside of your home, work at home, or are a stay-at-home parent like me, just know that what you do matters. This is not meant to spark a debate. This is just me saying that I appreciate the struggles we all go through in giving the best life we can to our children.

You see, Diesel worked a 16 hour shift yesterday. That’s a difficult day for both him and me. He had to spend the whole day away from our son. Nearly 48 hours, in fact, if you factor in when Choo-choo went to bed and when Diesel got home from work the day before.

For me, I had to handle all Choo-choo’s moods on my own. Really, all this means is when he was grumpy or disrespectful or unruly, I had to take care of it. I didn’t have my husband here to lend a helping hand.

Like almost all other parents, though, I disciplined or comforted my child as needed and cared for him all day and night. I did it because I had to. There was never a thought of giving up on him and waiting until I had backup.

So if you ever feel unappreciated because you stay at home with your child(ren) all day or because you work away from your kids or even because you do both, just remember you are doing it for a good reason. Your kids appreciate it, too. They might not entirely understand, but what you do to help support them and raise them into loving, caring adults will never be forgotten.

Author: stepbackandbreathe33

I am a writer, mother, wife, and fighter in the battle against depression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD.

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