5 Things ALL Parents Should Believe

The following is a short list of some basic things I feel every parent believes.  If you disagree that is fine, but ask yourself what you truly believe.  This is just what I believe, and what I think many others also feel (deep down) about parenting.


They are a mixture of two people, two sets of genes, cultural influences, their gender identification, and heredity, but they are still their own individual and we should only expect them to live up to their own expectations of identity. Let them be so they can be unpressed to live up to our expectations.

2. My kids have a voice I SHOULD LISTEN to.

Gone should be the days where it was believed that a child should be “seen and not heard.” Yes they are young, yes they are immature, but it is beneficial for parents and children to be heard. Take time to sit and just listen to what they have to say. We may not understand it all, but knowing that what they have to say is important to you will have a profound impact on your child’s self-confidence.

3. My kids don’t know any better if I don’t TEACH THEM.

It’s not good enough to see you always happy yet expect them to figure out how to cope with life. It’s okay for them to see you upset or angry or frustrated, but use those as a teaching moment to show them how to work through their anger and frustration and sorrows. These are not skills we are all for knowing how to do.

4. At some point they may hate me, but they WILL ALWAYS LOVE me.

My kids are not teens yet, and I am more than happy to wait until those days. However, there will most likely come a day where we argue and shout and the words “I hate you” come screaming from there lips. Even in that time I will always remember that underneath it all, my kids love me. No matter what, someday they will come back around from the darkside and know that I’m still here waiting with my arms open.


When it comes to balancing work life and home life you should always consider your priorities. Don’t give your all and save nothing for when you are home with the kids. Always make sure that your kids get the best of you in the world gets the rest.




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  1. James says:

    Man…#3 and #5 hit home. Love the intentionality!

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