Parenting Without Regret

We spend a lot of time worrying about all the bad things or wrong things we potentially are doing as parents.  I think it’s time we congratulate ourselves for all the thing we do right.  Parent without regret.  Here’s my list of things I’ll never regret doing as a parent.  I know everyone’s list will look different, so please refrain from passing any judgement.  :)  This is supposed to be a positive experience, after all.

Parenting Moments I Will Never Regret:

  1. Giving hugs and kisses when my children cry, whatever the reason.
  2. Not letting my children cry “it” out.  Whatever “it” may be, I felt they were trying to communicate to my through their cries.  Plus, there’s nothing better than snuggling with your precious little ones in the middle of the night.
  3. Letting my kids make as many decisions as possible.
  4. Saying, “yes” when they come to into my room in the middle of the night and ask if they can get in bed.
  5. Playing with them instead of doing housework.
  6. Saying “Goodnight” and “I love you” to them every night, even when they’re not at home.
  7. Sending them to preschool, despite the tears (and sometimes screams) of protest.  The resulting amount of growth spiritually, emotionally, socially, and mentally is astounding.
  8. Helping them find a sport that they love.  Encouraging them to continue as long as they enjoy it.
  9. Teaching them to read at an early age.
  10. Breastfeeding them for as long as we both found it agreeable (about 20-24 months for each kid, in my case).
  11. Teaching them to love and trust in Jesus.
  12. Holding their hands and looking in their eyes whenever I have to say something really important.

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2 thoughts on “Parenting Without Regret

  1. Great idea,, Jessica, and a perfect antidote to mommy guilt! I raised three boys (now 24, 21 and 18) as a single mom and often was hard on myself as I tried to do it all. But, one day I felt the Lord tapping me on the shoulder to say, “You done good, girl.” And I remember writing a long list of all the things I had done right for my sons. Enjoy the journey, it’s a wonderful blessing that vaporizes in the twinkling of an eye.

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