Today was such a good day.
Ever since my son turned two in February, my perspective on parenting has shifted. As a baby, it was so easy to find the joy in each new development. When he ate his peas, held his own bottle, crawled up the stairs. But like all new parents, anxiety came easily, too, and it was a mighty achievement just to know your sweet boy was fed, comfortable and safe.
Now, our days are different. There’s not a baby in our household, but a liberated, independent, audacious toddler who has begun to recognize his own capabilities — at home and in life. And watching him grow means watching him discover his own identity and what makes him happy.
And today was a really good day.
He picked out what he wanted to wear this morning and made a choice between breakfast options. He said, “G’morning, Walter,” to our cat and gave him a sweet pat as he passed him by. When it came time to put his shoes and jacket on before we walked out the door, he asserted boldly, “I got it, Mama!”
You’re right, buddy. You absolutely got this.
He’s become so aware of how life works around him and, moreover, he’s reveling in it. He’s joyful in the small things and excited to show me a new discovery. He takes nothing for granted and is never afraid to show or tell us how he’s feeling.
Without even trying, he’s his most authentic, beautiful self, and he’s happy.
As he continues to find his way and learn about the big world around him, I’m realizing that the best thing I can do — for my son and for myself — is to give thanks.
Guidepost Parent helps.
Guidepost Parent is a great place for me. It’s a community of like-minded parents who remind me how easy it is and how good it feels to celebrate the positive aspects of parenting. Even in the small moments — especially in the small moments! — we can be empowered. And sometimes, having someone to guide me to that place is all it takes to feel good again about my role as a mother.
When I’m active in my Guidepost Parent community, I feel encouraged to give more, be more and strive more for my son, because the parents I’ve met through Guidepost Parent are doing so, too.
They made a choice to focus on the good, and so I will, too.
The Guidepost Parent community is rejuvenating. No judgment is cast here, and there is no competition in place. Why should there be? And why should anyone seek out camaraderie only to feel inferior, less than or irresponsible? Here, we celebrate. And while Guidepost Parent does well to recognize that parenting is different for every family, it’s clear that one thing is consistent for all of us.
There’s always joy.
And so we revel in it, together. I look forward to hearing what happiness means to one parent, and exploring new perspectives and expectations among one another. Some days, I might be frazzled, too busy or tired, but Guidepost Parent brings me home. With their energy and positive spirit in my life, I remember to shake it off, take a deep breath and laugh as my son finds something new to climb.
So go ahead! I invite you to rediscover the incredible, positive parent within you as well. What good has come to you and your family today?
About the Author
Angela Tewalt is a writer, storyteller and mother to two boys. She shares parenting stories and inspiration in Guidepost Parent.
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