Having been a teacher and raising three children I have seen just about everything a child can throw at you good and bad and I have loved my journey with them.
When you are involved with children 24-7 you certainly get to see the different personalities and you can usually visualize what each child could be like in the future with the right guidance. And let me tell you, taking on the responsibility of raising children is something I definitely consider a daring adventure.
Most animals have their young for a year or two before they grow to adulthood and leave to make their own way, but for us, it is a commitment of 18 to 22 years!!! (Some even longer). Still, we love them even though they can behave badly sometimes.
There is a motivational poster that I love called “Purpose-Boy (and also Purpose- Girl), and it states: A century from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in or how much money I had in the bank, but one hundred years from now the world may be a better place because I was Important in the life of a child”.
We as parents really do shape their lives even though they have their own personalities; we instill in them the family values, morals and ethics.
“Give the children roots but also give them wings”. This is another saying on one of our motivational prints. I love these pictures and sayings because it reminds me of my grandmother and her needlepoint with her favorite quotes of wisdom, which she would pass down from daughter or son to grandchild to great grandchildren.
Raising children a worthy endeavor? I think so!