By Jeana Lee Tahnk
When I was growing up, my mom frequently told me that being a
parent is the hardest job in the world, and I would understand only when
I got older. She was right: It wasn't until I became a parent myself
that I realized how true her words were.
I think all parents have moments when they wonder if they're doing
the right thing, saying the right thing or making a right decision.
There's no instruction manual to tell us what to do, though I sometimes
wish there was.
Nothing compares to being a parent and experiencing everything
from the highest of the highs to the lowest of the lows. And by the
lows, I mean seeing your child upset or hurt. Those are the worst
moments for parents. I'll never forget what a more seasoned parent once
told me: "You're only as happy as your least happy kid."It's so true.
But as hard as those moments are to see and as much as we want to
protect them in a bubble forever, it's an inevitable part of growing up.
As for the best moments, there are millions of those. Aside from
the days my kids were born, there are wonderful moments in each day, as
long as you seek them out and appreciate them. For me, my best moments
aren't just around those hand-crafted, "What I Love About My Mommy" books
my kids make for me for Mother's Day. The best moments for me are the
more mundane things, such as sitting at the kitchen counter and
listening to a funny story from school or snuggling up on the couch to
watch a movie together.
But the best and worst moments together are what parenting is all
about. Hopefully, the good moments far outweigh the bad, but embracing
all of them - good and bad - and learning from them will make us better
From my nine years of having three kids, I strive to be
appreciative and be present. When I look back at baby pictures of my
first-born and realize that it was almost a decade ago, my heart aches.
So, while I do know how difficult parenting is, what's even more
difficult is knowing how quickly time is passing. The lesson I learn
every day is to cherish every second of it.
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