MNTGIRL, you said it perfectly...
I think each of us really realizes what a miracle we have in our children.Lots of people forget how lucky they are to have kids and raise a family. You've all figured out that most of us are lucky to get the chance.
I adore my children, do they drive me nuts...hell yeah, with quite a bit of frequency lately...but I don't take one minute for granted, I thank god every night for letting me be a part of their lives, for trusting me with them.
Children are to percious (sp?) to take for granted...they are why I am here...I am their mommy above and beyond anything else, I love bing their mommy. and I think they like being my kids. do I yell? Sometimes, Do I hug, kiss, snuggle, fix owies, read stories, play games, Always.
I absolutly agree with the above comments about being a parent not a friend....I have been working with young children for a long time now, my first class are old enough to drive now, I still see them around town...and you know what? the parents that chose to be their childs friend rather than their parent can not reach their kids now that they are older, and they need to step in as the parent to prevent problems...but it's (usualy) too late, you can not lwt your child walk all over you as a toddler (not saying anyone here is...I just see this ALL the time) and expect them to listen when they are teens... they wont have the respect that is required for the parent/child relationship.
I have told my daughter (at moments where she is sure I'm the worst mommy ever because of some terrible injustice or another....I can be so unfair...you know everyone elses mom lets them do it right?) I have flat out told K.
"I am your mommy, my job, my responsability, is to make sure you grow up into a happy, bright, kind, respectful, independant woman. You don't have to like it, you don't have to like me...I'm your mom not your friend...we can be friends when you are older...my mom and I are great friends now that I'm an adult...but for now, I'M THE MOM!"
it seems to be working..she's a pretty good kid, they both are...
God thank you for my babies...I am blessed
(now I need to go kiss my kids, tuck them in again, and maybe snuggle for a little bit...)