What Have You Gained?

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Registered: 07-17-2007
What Have You Gained?
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Mon, 07-07-2008 - 4:57pm

What has parenthood given you?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2006
Mon, 07-07-2008 - 5:48pm

this may sound too cliche but for me,parenting really has been about looking at things through they eyes of children.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 07-07-2008 - 6:00pm

A sense of future. Pre-dd I had that in a very vague and overly-intellectual way. I looked at the future in a fuzzy way because I was looking at a future of kids I knew "about" but didn't really

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2006
Mon, 07-07-2008 - 6:03pm

Having the future be dd's future makes it feel like it's my future too, even though I'll be dead.


 

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 07-07-2008 - 6:24pm

Yes and No:


iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 07-07-2008 - 6:30pm
I edited the post to better explain what I mean by that but I'll put it here too. What I mean is, now I feel the weight and
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2005
Mon, 07-07-2008 - 6:59pm
Endless entertainment, LOL! A week ago I watched my son toddle as fast as he could out of his room, but he hadn't mastered turning quite yet, so instead of turning left, he leaned to the left while he ran straight into the wall on the other side of the hallway (at full speed). I'm sorry, but it was hilarious. And he didn't cry, just got very confused, so no harm no foul.





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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 07-07-2008 - 7:13pm
The urge to fight and to struggle, both to get what I think my kid needs but also to get what I need. Focus. A different level of understanding.
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Registered: 08-08-2006
Mon, 07-07-2008 - 7:59pm
I've gained a balance and focus in my life that I did not have pre-kids. I was pretty much workaholic and workout warrior, now I'm involved with my family, my community - civil and church, and, lastly, work. I much less self-centered, and I admit to living a child-centered lifestyle at the moment.
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-04-1997
Mon, 07-07-2008 - 11:08pm
Two more people on the planet whom I like, admire, and enjoy spending time with!
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 07-07-2008 - 11:49pm

How to answer without sounding cheesy;)



I've gained an incredible appreciate for how frail we are.
I've gained patience, perpsective, and the ability to give up a huge number of personal "needs." I've gained incredible capacity to love, and to accept basic truths.
Also huge balance between what I used to value, and what I now think is more important.

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