Over the years, how much have you sacrificed for your kids?
I’m willing to bet it’s a lot.
For starters, there are the little things such as no long, lazy Sunday lie-ins (how I miss those days!) Then there are the bigger things such as career compromises. Whichever way you look at it, when you become a parent, your kids have to come first – and as a result, things you previously enjoyed (and took for granted) stop.
It can take some adjustment.
But as a parent, you sign up to that contact and a commitment that’s going to stay with you for the rest of your life. Because no matter how old your kids are – they still need you. And even when your kids are adults, you will still want to do the very best that you can for them.
It’s true that being a parent is THE best job. But it’s also the hardest.
Raising kids is seriously tough and just when you think you’ve cracked it, something new crops up to throw you off guard, challenge your patience, and generally put your parenting skills to the test.
I don’t know about you, but seriously, sometimes I’m more worn out after a day with the kids, than I am after an intense session at my computer!
Face it. You’re going to screw it up!
And whilst we all do our very best, you can guarantee that at some point you’re going to make a real hash of it all.
In fact, I’ve lost count of the times that I wish I’d handled a situation differently (isn’t hindsight a great thing). What’s more, it’s really hard to take a decision that will disappoint your child when you know you have their best interests at heart – especially when they don’t understand.
There’s no question that day-to-day parenting is a rollercoaster. Along the way you’ll experience just about every emotion imaginable (sometimes all in the same day). But would you have it any other way?
Because no matter how hard it gets, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing your child grow and succeed. That is just magic.
But your kids will love you anyway
What do you expect in return?
There’s an unwritten deal in parenting that you won’t get thanks from your kids for all the things you do for them. It’s kind of expected because you’re the parent.
In fact, I think it’s safe to say that you never really appreciate what parents’ do until you become a parent yourself. It’s a big wake up call – but then you also understand. You don’t need the thanks and appreciation. Your reward is to see your child happy – and so the love and sacrifices get paid forward to the next generation – and the cycle continues.
With the exception of this Sunday…
You see, I think that on Father’s Day, children should shower all their love and affection on their dad. I’m really looking forward to spending some quality time with mine, and I’m excited about helping my girls make a handmade masterpiece to give to my husband. That’s right. The arts and craft box will be dragged out from under the stairs and we’ll get lost in glitter, glue and stickers creating something beautiful.
Sometimes it’s the simple things that speak the loudest, and through those handmade creations, my husband will feel totally loved by his kids.
Just be there…
As a parent, you don’t expect much.
That’s because when you’re a parent you sign up to give your love unconditionally. And that unconditional love gets expressed in so many ways.
You can anticipate your child’s needs before they’re even aware of them themselves.
You can make the tough decisions because you know what’s right for your child.
You ensure your home is filled with love, security fun and education – all the time hoping that you can do at least as much as your own parents did for you – if not more.
You continue to learn from your mistakes and strive to make your child’s life better than your own.
And you work hard to create lasting memories and give your children the happiest of childhoods.
Children expect their parents to be there for them – and as a parent you owe it to them to do that as best as you can.
And “being there” means you must plan for the worst as well as the best. No one can predict what’s in the future, but you can stay in control of your children’s financial future by ensuring you have life insurance. It’s an easy way to ensure you’re still there for your children – even if you can’t be in person.
Happy Father’s Day from all of us at LifeInsurance4Mums.