Parenting is a tricky thing, but it has been the most loving, rewarding, humbling, fantastic, comical, embarrassing, maddening, teaching experience of my life.

No one has taught me more about life than my children. I never knew that a hug from a 4-year-old could actually cure a broken heart. I was blown away to find that a hand drawn card of you as a stick person holding a little stick persons hand could undo any stress of a day. I was shocked at how hard it is to teach someone multiplication, without saying the words, “because 2 x 2 is JUST 4.” The words, “because I said so,” have actually come out of my mouth even though I swore as a teenager I would NEVER say that to MY CHILD.

I have been busting with pride at 2nd place spelling bee’s, lost softball games, play ground fist fights, lost teeth, sharing, picked flowers, first jumps off high dives, rock climbing fears conquered, the expression after a first front flip in gymnastics.

I’ve been mad enough to fight at broken hearts, lost friendships, mean words, lost confidence, shattered self, sisterly rivalry, crayon on my walls, broken lamps, destroyed clothes.

But all in all, even in parenting’s darkest hours… when at wit’s end… they have this ability to do things… look at you… with those eyes… with your eyes…. you stand there, looking into a mirror…. and you fight the urge to laugh and cry… and you just love them. The very best that you can.


10 thoughts on “Parenting”

  1. Jeanna –
    All I can say is “WOW!” You definitely hit the nail on the head with this blog entry!

  2. If I could write like you I would post an amazing comment right now. Instead, I will humbly agree with Sid, and say BRAVO.

  3. Thanks for your comment, I live with this family and see what they go threw and it is heart breaking they are such good people and great parents and they feel like a failure with the son. They have all those mixed emotions you spoke of, it’s almost made the couple break up a few times but they hang in there, they love each other to much and the kids.

  4. Awesome story, Kids are my everything.

  5. Sweet, sweet sentiments.

  6. NinjaNattie said:

    I really like this one, Jeanna. I hope to some day be able to experience having children, too.

  7. mommysaidaswearword said:

    I love your words.

  8. Not sure how our paths haven’t crossed yet, we seem to be living the same life! Found your blog accidentally while researching my upcoming jaw surgery, not my first and undoubtedly won’t be my last.

    I live in New York City, but I grew up in Hollywood, FL, went to UF, and Dr. Piper in St. Pete has operated on me more than a dozen times….. what I found most remarkable about our similarities is that I am a divorced mom with a 4 year old daughter named Hope.

    Keep writing, you are my new ‘support group’

    Jenny Feldman


    I can honestly say that the only time I chose the running shoes was to walk comfortably to the pharmacy so i could pick up my klonopin….

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