Thursday, February 23, 2012

Parenting 101 - The "What If" Years



Yesterday, I spend a wonderful day in the company of my sweet daughter.
She turned the magic age of 21.


Twenty-one years ago, I delivered this precious tiny human into the world.

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When I look at my daughter
When this small little creature was introduced into my hemisphere, 
I didn't know one thing about parenting.....not one.
She didn't come with a manual on parenting 101.




When she was an infant and toddler.
Would I do a good job?  Can I make this person a good and strong person?
What if I screw up?  What if I do everything wrong and she turns into some crazy lunatic.
Have I feed her enough?  Should I change her diaper every 30 minutes....just in case.
I feel guilty because I work full-time.  I am missing everything!



During the elementary school years.
Does she have enough food for lunch?  Will I be able to afford all the school trips they take.
What if she misses the school bus.  Did I press off her clothes, does she look all wrinkly.
I feel guilty because I work full-time, what if she needs me in an emergency and I can't get there fast enough?
Will I give you good, memorable Christmases and Birthdays?



The high school years.
 Will she make new friends?  Make good memories?
Did I embarrass her in some way?
Guilt over the fact I could not afford $5000 to send her on the school Europe trip.
Everyday I sent her to school, I worry about guns.  Drugs.



 Leaving home to go to University.
I worry about her 24/7.....period.
 I think you should move back home....period!




 When my daughter looks at me.
Love and respect.




Okay.....all in all, I think I did pretty good at this parenting thing!

Diane



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10 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pictures, Diane. And I bet Rachel thinks you are the best.

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  2. I think you did a great job too Diane! Beautiful photos. Happy Birthday to Rachel! Blessings, Pamela

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  3. Lovely post Diane and a happy birthday to Rachael.
    ~Clara

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  4. those are all thoughts going through my head these days too! I have to say, I'm definately nervous for the highschool years.

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  5. You obviously did better than 'Pretty good,' Diane. This was lovely. It's hard to believe they ever fit into those little white dresses. It's hard for me, and I still have one under a year! :) You've reassured me and given me things to look forward to worrying about today. Thank you for both :)
    -Miriam

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  6. Sweet little clothes. I'm sure Rachel thinks you did an outstanding job in the mother department. ;-)
    Happy Birthday to your girl. ~ Sarah

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  7. I think you know the answer - it's right in the first line of your post. We mothers of daughters are so lucky!

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  8. This mama thing is so hard, isn't it?
    But what blessings those babies are in our hearts and in our lives...
    Rene

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  9. I love your post, so beautiful..
    I felt all those same things and much more as I am sure you did, too.
    My daughter (only child) is now 32 yrs old and has her own daughter (10 weeks old) (yup, I'm a nana) I know she already thinks these things and will continue as time goes on. For me I wonder once again, did I do a good job so she can do a good job. I think I have...
    Thanks for sharing.
    Michele

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  10. Wiping some tears away... because... that was so sweet... thanks... my middle son turns 21 in two weeks... I understand... thanks for sharing

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