10 important Life lessons I’ve learned as a parent!!

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1) People are truly unique and should be treated with awareness and respect.  Think about it: Same household, same parents, same values etc yet each of my kids are so different in character and respond differently to situations.

2) Parenting is pretty much like life, in a nutshell: It is a Full Time, 24-7, Forever gig. You’re either in or you’re out, no sitting on the sidelines, baby! It just never stops-an endless cycle of joys, pains, challenges, celebrations, fulfillment…Give it your all, cos its so worth it! Your children may very well be one of your best gifts to the world so raise them well!

3) The best things in life are truly free: A warm hug/embrace, someone saying ‘I love you’ ‘You’re the best’, unconditional love, loyalty…In the end, it’s the little precious moments that count and so we must consciously focus and build great memories and not live most of our lives pursuing irrelevant vanities.

4) Life sometimes stinks, adapt, deal with it and move on. Ever had that unfunny experience when you have an  important appointment. You get ready, get your kid all dressed up-clothes, snow pants, mittens, gloves, hats, shoes…and just as you’re about to get out the door, your little angel looks up at you and says: mom, I need to go do the # 2!

5) There are illogical things in life that you simply cannot explain and sometimes, whatever will be, will be. Prepare your mind for the possibility that your little genius who loved school, got perfect grades and you subsequently enrolled in an expensive private school may suddenly decide to drop out of college and never hold a decent job! While their sibling (your other ‘difficult’ child), who went through public school, never did their homework, got detentions, always texting and on facebook…will suddenly turn a new leaf, be a great, rousing success, a pillar of society and exceed your wildest expectations!

6) To get what you want in life and find solutions to problems, you have to learn to sometimes ask  ‘Why’ and say ‘No’.  To learn this important life skill, study your 2-year old!

7) Success will come to you if you are as  fearless and creative as a child. Case study: Watch a 6 year old attempting to fly like spiderman.

8) Until you tell or teach them otherwise, children see and accept all people as one. Do not tell or teach them otherwise or you’ll create terrorists, racists….

9) If you search  far enough you’ll find a universal language for the world. For little boys, it’s cartoons and all things animated, even in a foreign language!

10) If you search deep  enough you’ll find a uniting factor for little girls. His name is Justin Bieber.

So what are the important nuggets you’ve learnt from being a parent?

Live beautifully, live passionately, live freely.

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Remember, you are not ordinary, you are divinely unique.

You are WOW (Wonderful One-of-a-kind Woman)!

w(H)olistically Yours,

© Whole Woman Network

BLOGGER BIO: The preceding blog entry is from Juliet Ume, MBA –Wealth Management Consultant & Lifestyle Coach at Whole Woman Network. Juliet is an avid Life Connoisseur and a passionate advocate of WomEntrepreneurship, Investment & Financial Literacy for women. Follow her on Twitter: @julietumeinc

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