Remember those photos my daughter took for her summer photography camp? Well, they had their awards ceremony last weekend and she won in all three categories. Needless to say her Dad and I are so proud of her! She has really come a long way from the extremely shy young child who refuses to go on stage during school programs, to a brave young lady who even gave an interview to one of our local TV stations. I am beyond elated. Did I say how proud of her we are?
My husband and I take our role as parents very seriously. The way we see it, we only have a small window of opportunity to instill values, good morals and important lessons to our daughter. Time flies, and before we know it she’ll be leaving home for college and starting a new life on her own. We want to make sure that she is ready; not only academically, but most importantly mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
We are far from being perfect parents, if there even is such a person. My husband and I didn’t have an ideal childhood, we’ve made mistakes, we’ve had our share of problems, we are still learning and growing as we go along. But the not-so-good things that happened to us in our past, we use that as teaching moments to impart valuable lessons to our daughter. For example, when she started middle school there was a student who was saying mean things to her. My husband and I then told our daughter about our own experiences with bullies when we were young and how we handled it. I’m happy to share that my daughter stood up for herself and didn’t let her then classmate to get the better of her. The important thing is that our daughter knows she can come to us and tell us anything, even if she thinks we might get mad. Maintaining an open communication is essential.
Right now I am happy about our relationship with our daughter. She has made new friends, is thriving in school and more open to new experiences. She is brilliant, creative, driven, honest, funny and thoughtful. But like any other young lady, she does have her moments and gets grounded from time to time. What’s important is that she learns to make good choices and learn from her mistakes; because like I said, nobody’s perfect, but we can certainly be better.
To our dear B - we love you so much! Remember that we will always be here for you no matter what.