I think about my kids a lot when I’m away from them. This week has been particularly trying for all of us. After being gone to TypeACon for 4 days, I immediately started into my new full-time schedule at work and the kids started new full-time daycare/school & after-school schedules. We’re all a bit exhausted and feeling a little isolated from each other.
Tonight, before bed, the little guy was desperately jockeying for a position on my lap. After climbing up, telling me he loved me and giving me a warm snuggle, I started to think about the things I want him to know as he gets older.
1) I will always be his mom. There is nothing, absolutely nothing that will ever change that. Nothing he or anyone else can say or do will ever break the mother-child bond between us.
2) There is only one way to treat a woman, and that is with respect. Respect will get you much further than flattery or gifts (I’m not saying don’t do those, just never lose the respect). This is true in most aspects of life, but especially with women.
3) Never turn your back on your friends. One day, you will need them. You will need them in ways you will never imagined.
4) Priorities. Learn what it means to have them. Evaluate them and figure out where they truly lie. While money is nice, it isn’t everything. Your family, they are. They are the ties to your future and your past. Always hold them close, even when it’s hard.
5) Sometimes, life sucks. But, for every bad moment, there will be a good one…maybe two. Don’t get hung up on the bad stuff. It only makes up a fraction of your life and usually teaches you something in the process.
Is this everything I want him to know? Of course not, but it’s a start…