Today I'm fully convinced that parenting
is like jumping off the high dive.
If children came with manuals
you could read up,
practice, practice, practice
and eventually if you read enough
you would parent like an "expert".
Much like the skill and practice that went into a dive like this.
However, kids do not come with manuals
(at least mine didn't)!
I have found that each child is unique.
Each child requires their own set of individual instructions.
Each child reacts and interacts according to how
they personally view the world around them.
What works great for one child,
might fail miserably with the next.
So with enough practice by trial we may
perfect an occasional swan dive.
Those moments where we feel like as parents
we are making a difference...
soothing a wound...
And there are days
that in spite of the practice,
in spite of the successes..
in spite of everything...
you feel like you have done nothing right.
we belly flop!
It's after a day like this that I realize...
I must work through the pain of a stinging belly...
Climb back up on the parenting board
Hold my breath..
Say a prayer..