Am I the only member of HE that has the responsibility of raising part of ours? (In other words, is anyone else a parent?)
I have two of them – the little goofball in my avatar pic (who is now 8!) and a 1.5 year old daughter. I wasn’t very excited about being a dad before they were born, but as I am a big fan of questions and am not very self-conscious, parenting has been joyous. It provides endless chances to grow and to re-visit our childhoods.
I have 3. A 7 yr old daughter, a son who will be 3 in two weeks, and a 3 month old daughter, too. :) It’s been a journey, to be sure. I’m sort of in the middle of overhauling my life, revamping, and making once and for all choices that MUST be made (now or never!) so it’s been kind of crazy in my house lately, and I look forward to the calm again once this storm has hit and settled.
My children didn’t and haven’t held me back. Some of my choices and other people HAVE, however. I hate that choices I have made have effects on the kids, and that sometimes, we all have to make sacrifices to make things better, but there is simply no way I can sit complacent in this life as it is now. :) What kind of example would I be to my children if I did so? I refuse to have THEM settle for anything less than their dreams coming true, so now it’s time for ME to make my OWN dreams come true.
Ha Dave, your goofball is precious :)
Holy christ Rain I can’t believe you have 3 kids!! Have things settled down?? You haven’t been around HE too much :( Miss ya!! My son is going to be 10 next month.. I always wished he had a sibling or two to run around with. I don’t know if I’m up for having anymore tho at this point. I’ll be honest, when he was very young, I felt like he was holding me back—but holding me back from? going on tour with bands & really just partying to death.. so in retrospect, real good thing he came along :) Kids are amazing how they bring a “freshness” to life that you kind of forget sometimes. He’s in 4th grade, and starting to learn more about the world…and I LOVE when he realizes things aren’t “right.”
He was learning about the boston tea party & “taxes” recently–I was explaining to him how much $ I “would” make, but explained how much is taken out in taxes.. he was absolutely appauled! “But mom that’s not fair! How can they just take your money!?” He has concluded that money doesn’t = hard work, and thinks that’s very unfair too. He also thinks it’s stupid that you can go to college, and then still not be able to get a job. He has also started conversations with me about how some policemen are nice and some are not haha :) I encourage him to quesion things–and it’s the future generations that are going to be making any changes–I think it’s so important to teach them to not settle for the way things are.
I have an 8 year old daughter Pearl, which I have part time care over but full time care for.
I actually signed in just now to share an amazing talk I just had with her.
As one of her nieces is a lesbian which apparently was something she gave some thought to as today out of the blue she started to explain that she thought it did not matter if two women or two men are living together as long as they are happy and love each other.
To me this represents the hope for the future, open minded and educated children, not afraid to express their thoughts, which to me as a parent is rewarding as I feel it is a privilege to be in such a position.