conscious parentingParents Are Heroes: Recap 2022 in Writing

17 December 2022

I’ve said it many times before, PARENTING IS HARD. Very hard. The hardest job in the world. It is physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting- especially in Western(ized) societies where parents do not have the support of the ‘village’. This forced, prolonged self-reliance most often leads to chronic stress, overwhelm and a feeling of not enough, maybe even a failure.

Today, I want to remind you that You Are a Hero. Every single day, for the past 360 + days (2022 alone), you:

  • dropped off and picked up the kids;
  • planned activities, playdates and birthday parties;
  • got stuck in traffic endless hours;
  • helped your child with homework;
  • cooked;
  • packed lunches;
  • cleaned the house;
  • did laundry;
  • went to work;
  • took (some) care of yourself;
  • played and laughed and got silly with your kids;
  • listened to your child’s crying, disappointment, and frustrations;
  • cheered for your child when he/she believed less in themselves;
  • lost nights of sleep to keep an eye on your sick child;
  • were late to work, or maybe you took your child to work because there was nobody to help.

Parents are the unsung heroes of modern times, but I see you and your child knows. Please take a moment today to celebrate yourself and the beautiful relationship you have with your child.

Journaling or writing a letter to yourself acknowledging your parenting work in 2022 are very rewarding exercises. You can do this alone or with your partner (the other parent) – if you find it appropriate.

Write to me on Facebook or Instagram, I want to hear from you:

  • What was the hardest thing for you in 2022?
  • What are you most proud of in 2022?
  • What did you learn in 2022?
  • If 2022 were a word, what would your word be?