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What life lessons has being a parent afforded you? What have you learned from a child/children in your life?

I am endlessly amazed at the growth that I have experienced as a mother of a four year old boy. I know I am my sons first teacher but by golly the things I learn about myself and the world every day!! Such a gift!

I know that children have taught us all something, whether we are a parent or not.

Please share your stories!!


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    Feb 3 2013: Setting expectations on yourself is fine, but setting expectations on others only leads to heartbreak. Just love them, and let them set their own expectations. That's what parenting has taught me.
    • Feb 3 2013: I agree. . . a quote that verbalizes this truth so well

      Respect is not fear and awe; it...[is]the ability to see a person as he is, to be aware of his unique individuality. Respect, thus, implies the absence of exploitation. I want the loved person to grow and unfold for his own sake, and in his own ways, and not for the purpose of serving me. [Eric Fromm]

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