Parents Are Heroes: Recap 2022 in Writing

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?
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