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It was January 6, 2010 when this little guy came to live with us. Though he is my grandson, (having raised my first son when I was younger), I had forgotten what it was like to have a newborn in the house, much less raise one. Now that my husband and I are his permanent parents, I often wonder if I’m doing the right thing by not telling Brody upfront who his real parents were. Either way, parenting is hard. I’m almost convinced being an older parent is easier…or it it?
Being an Older Parent is Easier….Or Is it?
Being an “older” parent has its pros and cons as does being a younger parent. I know, I’ve been both! I can tell you though, I’m definitely much more knowledgeable this time around, and more firm, and I have more money in the bank! You would think I’d have more patience being older and wiser, right? I thought so too when we first got Brody at 5 weeks old, but once he hit the toddler stage and he was running…not walking…my patience drew weary.
One thing that’s not so good being middle-aged and raising a child is my lack of ability to keep up with him. My energy level is not what it use to be. The fact that I’ve hit the menopause years doesn’t help either. Brody definitely loses out on backyard playing time with me, especially when it’s hot outside – I just can’t take the heat. Glad to have my husband around for that.
Mothering when I was young
Luckily now, verses when I was a younger parent, I don’t get judged about my parenting style, at least I don’t think I do. If it does happen, I know how to deal with it. However, I do remember writing on Facebook a while back about making the decision not to tell Brody about where he came from until he got old enough to understand. Someone that I did not know commented saying that she would have been upfront with him from the beginning. No one knows the all story, so I’m hoping people will support our decision and pray for us. For the most part all I get is praise about taking my grandson in as if he were our own.
When I was a mom the first time at 19 I was judged to my face and behind my back. Remembering back then, I didn’t take it very well, but I also had no knowledge of how to deal with criticism. So, after writing all this, I’d have to say for me, being an older wiser parent is better because of all the knowledge I have gained through the years. But, we all know LOVE is all children need!
Sisterhood of Motherhood
With this being my 2nd blog post to write about the Sisterhood of Motherhood (SoM) movement, I’m finding that I have a great deal of respect for Similac for putting it together. Not only have I read awesome testimonials, and have learned a thing or two, I’ve realized that I am a credible source behind SoM and I’m proud to be! It’s important that we look beyond our differences and concentrate on raising our children.
To read my 1st blog post on introducing SoM jump here and be sure to read its entirely for a better understanding of the SoM movement.
Here’s our little guy now at age 5. He will be starting Kindergarten in August…how time flies by!
Sometimes we forget how important and meaningful it is to be supportive and offer encouragement. Let’s join together and continue to accept and support one another as parents. By doing so we will make this world a better place to raise our children!! Who’s with me?
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