Child or parent? You choose?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

When you are a child you have no sense of consequence.
When you are a parent you see choices in decisions and can evaluate where you may end up, the consequences of your actions.

When you are a child you don’t understand that not all things are fair or unfair, you may think that all things should be equal.
When you are a parent you realise not everything is equal and everything is relative to your experience and available information.

When you are a child, you may not know what feelings ‘feel like’ you want to scream and shout when frustrated.
When you are a parent you know how to stop and think and then react. You can choose your reaction and decide what you will look like.

When you are a child, you don’t know what is right or wrong unless you have a parent who can guide you.
When you are a parent you have to model what you want your child to do, follow or become.

When you are a child you don’t really know yourself.
When you are a parent you know your feelings, you know your child inside out, you are aware of their behaviour, their verbal and non-verbal cues

When you are a child you don’t care.
When you are a parent you care too much

When you are a child you rush in.
When you are a parent you evaluate.

When you are a child you say things you don’t really mean, afterall people will understand, won’t they?
When you are a parent you think about what you want to say, carefully choosing your words because some people are influenced by them and not all people are understanding.

When you are a child you take chances.
When you are a parent you realise most times you only get one chance.

A child doesn’t need you to be like them.  A child needs a parent to teach and guide them.

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