My husband and I were having a conversation the other day about parenting and the role we play in our kids’ lives. We have two girls and I told him that I always looked up to my mom growing up but that I didn’t appreciate her the way I do now until I became a mom myself. I told him how important he is in our girls’ lives. That he’s the standard by which they will measure men. The dynamic of our relationship sets the sense of normal for them.
As a young girl that grew into a woman, I think the relationship with your father is incredibly important. His role has a profound impact on their teenage years and early womanhood (not that mine as the mother doesn’t). I just think that my girls won’t see my role in the same way until they are older. When they are married and have kids of their own they’ll be able to see all of the work it takes for the house to run smoothly. From the way I get up in the morning and set the tone for everyone’s day, to the mundane things I do that go unnoticed, to juggling everyone’s needs, and the sacrifices made.
The role of each parent is incredibly important in its own way. I honor anyone that has to take on both roles on their own. You are incredibly strong and have such an important calling on your life. As a parent, your actions and words carry such influence in the lives of your children. I wish you the strength, patience, understanding, love, and support you need to do the job to the best of your ability.
What are your thoughts on the role each parent plays in a child’s life? Do you see your parents differently now that you are an adult/parent? Feel free to share in the comments.