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By: Pridwin  11-11-2011

I intended writing a piece this week about scholarships and procedures for enrolment to our High Schools. This has had to be delayed as we are still gathering information from the various schools. Instead I share an article by Nikki Bush:

So often you hear people saying, “When I get this job then I’ll be happy”, “When I drive that car I’ll feel I’ve made it”, “When my child achieves X, Y or Z, I will feel he or she is on the right track”….and so it goes on. Human beings seem to torture themselves with longing for that single moment in time that is going to make things right or perfect for them. The fact is that we are all living in an imperfect world that is made up of many moments in time. Some of these moments are high points while many of them are the actual building blocks that get us there and are equally, if not more important, because they lay foundations for the success, the recognition and what we consider to be the achievements.

Parenting is much the same, and if we were only to enjoy the high points it would be a very long road indeed. We need to take joy and pleasure in the small things no matter our children’s ages. Cherish each moment – every tottering step of your toddler; each time they bump their heads when they think that they can stand up under the table; every scraped knee or broken bone because they believe that they can fly like Superman; the excitement of making a new friend at school; the disappointment when they are not invited to a party and the consolation of going out for an ice cream with you instead; the tears that only you as a parent can turn into laughter; scoring the winning goal, or not making the A team.

Parenting is much the same, and if we were only to enjoy the high points it would be a very long road indeed. We need to take joy and pleasure in the small things no matter our children’s ages. Cherish each moment – every tottering step of your toddler; each time they bump their heads when they think that they can stand up under the table; every scraped knee or broken bone because they believe that they can fly like Superman; the excitement of making a new friend at school; the disappointment when they are not invited to a party and the consolation of going out for an ice cream with you instead; the tears that only you as a parent can turn into laughter; scoring the winning goal, or not making the A team.

These moments of sharing, caring, teaching, leading, learning, playing and mastering are what make up the fabric of each child’s life. All these moments count, whether the emotion is positive or negative. Each moment in time is equally important, bringing with it change, growth and development – not just for your child, but for you too! Be open to the fact that your children can teach you a thing or two about yourself and life. This is the adventure of parenting. Life is short, don’t wait for that single moment – treasure each and every one.

NIKKI BUSH

Co-author of Future-proof Your Child (Penguin, 2008), and Easy Answers to Awkward Questions (Metz Press, 2009)

nikki [at] brightideasoutfit [dot] co [dot] za (nikki [at] brightideasoutfit [dot] co [dot] za)        


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