Parenting.

We all do it a little differently.
Because our young humans are all a little (or a lot) different.

Different rules, expectations, work, play…

Just back from the realities of my parenting path, a 23 hour road trip to Philadelphia to catch the second concert of the 2018 Kidchella summer series, I was sitting at a wedding shower visiting with old friends and fostering new/ish connections.

And listenting to the realities of other parents during our shared time, I couldn’t help but reflect on the differences.

Our kids – so different.
Our daily trials – so different.
Our stories – so different.

I asked questions, because whether or not our kids share a similar path, or are of a similar age, I always – ALWAYS – learn something.

Perspectives.
Skills.
Techniques.
Attitudes.
Patterns.

It always leads to enlightenment.

I’m always proud to know parents that are awesome.

You know what I mean…

Some parents…you don’t want to be rude…but they’re just mediocre.

And for whatever reason…some good, some bad – I can’t put weight to other peoples’ why.

(Why’s are weighted personally, and always in flux.)

But I can weigh whether or not a grown individual is going above and beyond to raise their young.

You’re welcome to call me out for being judgmental.
I absolutely am.

When it comes to raising the young, I have very strong opinions regarding engagement from those who are meant to provide care.

(You’re welcome to stop reading if that bothers you. I won’t mind.)

I’ve been both mediocre and awesome – and flat out terrible – in my path of parenting.

These days, I’m mostly trying for awesome. And knowing how much it takes, the choice to go above and beyond for the growing life in your care, I’m always interested in hearing how others have done it, what their paths have been…

And I respect them more than I can say.

There’s a lot of common ground that can be found in the sacrifices we make (sleep and energy being two of the easiest picks) to keep small(ish) – or in my case, not-so-small – humans not just alive, but thriving.

And if we aren’t setting out to create a generation of thriving individuals, of giving our kids their best chance to succeed, what hope do we have for our future?