Joy Of Parenthood
Parenting is the hardest job we have ever done – you all might agree to it. Nevertheless, it is the most rewarding job too – you all might agree to this as well. Parenthood lies in both the sides of a coin. Parenting includes working all day long, completing housework, relaxing (may or may not) and taking care of children and everyone else in the family. Taking care of our children is the most enjoyable task in the whole day, however the most difficult task too.
19 February, 2020
Parenthood comes with its highs and lows at every given point of time. The task that we may love in the initial phase, may prove to be hectic in the later stages of parenting. With children, we experience challenges and struggles throughout. Parenting impacts life satisfaction in varied ways for different people at different life periods. Children are an essential source of happiness, satisfaction and pride. To be truly fulfilled in life, it is necessary to experience the joys of parenthood. Parents receive more emotional satisfaction from parenthood and want to spend more time with their kids and have fun.
Raising kids is hard, parenting is emotionally and intellectually draining. It may require professional sacrifice at times. Kids are needy, demanding and dependant from birth. Do not get me wrong. I love my son dearly and can’t imagine my life without him. However, this does not change the way I love my son and take care of him. These are just few feelings hidden deep inside me and many of us.
After becoming mother to my son, I felt as if I had got a new purpose in life. I considered myself blessed enough to be able to enjoy this phase of motherhood. Parenthood, to me, is full of joy-filled moments. These moments, when our eyes light up and we smile, matter the most in parenthood. I have experienced lack of sleep, vacation and a professional life, but the job of being a parent has its own fantastic benefits and outcomes. Now when I get up in the morning, I tend to begin my day and chores keeping my son in mind. Apparently, everything that I am now doing is directly or indirectly inclined towards him and his well-being. For example, I do not consider diaper changing as a chore anymore, as I think of it as a chance to bond with my little one.
I tickle him, play with his legs and sing lullabies while changing his diaper. He has now started crawling, so there are not too many opportunities to share eye contact with him, thus I try to make this as a happy time and enjoy this regular task of parenthood. There are some days when I want to run away and question every decision I have ever made. However, feeling and understanding it all, good and bad, gives my life a new purpose. To me, motherhood (or parenthood in general) is the most extreme measure of being alive and living for someone else, who is completely dependent on me. I love being a mom, with all the trials and lessons that I have experienced so far. His smiles, giggles, cuddles and milestones are all the joyous accomplishments according to me.
We need to make our lives and the lives of our kids a happier place, regardless of the circumstances, we have to be happy and look out for joy. It is a choice we have to make. We can choose to look for moments of happiness and joy and cling to them. As a parent, we experience unconditional love, limitless affection and a desire to protect and nurture our family. When I was employed, I had a purpose in life to work and earn. I left job purely because I wanted to have the purpose of ‘being a mom’ in my life and when I had my son, I found that purpose being fulfilled. I love and enjoy being a mother.