A solicitor came to my door yesterday. I am a sucker for them. After he left, and after I was 350 dollars poorer. I sat thinking about the conversation with el solicitor. He was from Chicago and was part of a group to help troubled adults learn respect, conversation techniques, and how to work hard to provide a better life for him and his family. He asked me, “How did you get where you are today?” A short moment later the answer was easy, my parents. They struggled, sweated blood, and cried many tears to help me achieve my goals, dreams and aspirations.
I find this concept to be as true as any. We as parents want to do our kids better than what we had. The solicitor was working hard so his young children didn’t have to experience being cut with a butcher knife like he was– true story; he showed me the scars to prove it. He wanted his kids to succeed. Something he learned later in life.
Being a parent is such a wonderful thing but it is full of hardships – which our kids may not appreciate now. We know the end result. We know our children will be better people because we worked hard to make it so. It helps to hear from others - to know we are not alone in our task of giving up ourselves for our children. Now I ask, what are you doing to better your children’s’ lives that you possibly didn’t have when you were a child?