They say being in the Marine Corps is the toughest job you'll ever love. Well, not to take anything away from those brave and fearless souls, but the same can be said for parenting. Struggles, pain, tears, and Herculean efforts aplenty go toward shaping and nurturing a babe into a well-adjusted, productive adult. What are the most heart-warming parenting moments? What makes being a mom or dad so great?
You love your children, but as you sit staring at your computer screen, bleary-eyed, smelling of sour milk and wearing a spit-up and booger corsage, the idea of positive parenting might seem far fetched. However, one shouldn't lose hope. There are a ton of reasons why parenting is the most awesome thing you'll ever do.What are the best things about being a parent? Quickly, before the kid wakes up (again), vote up the best parenting moments to reveal which parenting milestones carry the largest payload of joy.
Your baby's here! It may have come after 76 hours of grueling labor and the shattering of every myth you've ever had about the "beauty" of childbirth but, hey... it's over now, and aren't you such a trooper? Holding your new baby in your arms for the first time is such an overdose of happiness, you don't require any other drug. Well... almost.
Whether it's "momma," "da-da," or "cheese sandwich," the heart soars to hear your child's voice put to use in proper vernacular. Just think, one day your little man's speech will become so fluent, he'll be droppin' f-bombs like a pro!
Seeing Their First Steps
Walking? Pfft. No problem. Your kid's so exceptional, he's not only trekking around the living room, but you're just about ready to sign him up for the Boston Marathon! Okay, so maybe not quite yet... but you feel like you're that much closer to triumphantly crossing the finish line now that he's firmly grasped the notion of being bipedal. Huzzah!
Potty Training Success
Potty training is a big deal. The act of kissing diapers goodbye is a lighted beacon on the edge of the craggy, jagged shoreline of This Totally Sucks Ocean, which every parent furtively aims for. No more surprise urine soakings on your best work shirt at morning daycare drop-off to leave your co-workers raising eyebrows ("I mean, doesn't she know it's a fragrance-free workplace?"). No more neck-to-knees Pampers failures from gastric blow-outs in the checkout aisle at Target. This is a major achievement. Not to mention all of those pants-around-the-ankles photo ops make for great blackmail material when your kid enters his or her teens. Potty training is the ultimate "two-fer." Pat yourselves on the back.