Being a parent, just like in marriage, is a continual exercise in learning how to be selfless.
Being a parent is:
Giving up more than half your bed so your scared little man can join you at 3 a.m. Of course this also means getting no sleep and still getting up the next morning to get everyone ready to go for the day.
The other day my son asked me for something simple. A cookie, I believe. And I did what I’ve become so accustomed to. In all honesty, its just become a knee jerk reaction for me.
I said “No.”
Now, there’s nothing wrong with saying no sometimes. Especially when dinner is maybe 10 minutes away and my son can hold out for a plateful of healthy food. But, at the same time I found myself thinking, “Wow, you say that a lot.” It just rolls off my tongue so easily! I don’t even have to think about it.
Mom, can I… NO.
Mom, how about if…. NO.
Mom, will you let me… NO.