Teaching my daughter an important lesson

Tonight I had a big talk with my oldest daughter, Devlin, who is now in kindergarten. For the first time, we had some serious conversations. One of them brought up a valuable lesson for all of us parents to remember. She said, “my friend at school had surgery because she had cancer or maybe not but it goes away, comes back, then goes away again.” She kept going on about how she thinks she’s ok but still brings up a good point and something I learned along the way.

When going through stressful, crazy times with Birkley feel like I’m always saying, “uh, if you could just walk”, “what? I don’t know what you want”, and I could go on and on. Sometimes I have to remind myself that everyone has something they are dealing with and most of the time, you just can’t see it. Some have cancer, some have a disease that they have to monitor on a day to day basis and some just have family or marital problems. Although Birkley can be a ton of work, I have to remember that things could be worse. We have a wonderful, healthy family, georgeous kids, and my husband and I have a great relationship which I am so thankful for.

So to you new parents out there, remember you are not alone. Whether you know it or not, everyone has hardships out there and we just have to be grateful for all the things we do have. Life can be tough. Believe me, I’ve cried a ton but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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