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Since I was a little girl my desire was to have children. I understood the steps that would get me to that goal, but it was not until after becoming a mother that I learned that there was more to it than bringing a child into the home.
After bringing home my first child, I learned to juggle my time. I had to give up some leisure activities in order to make sure everyone’s — especially my child’s — needs were being met. As my husband and I brought home more and more children (4 total to be exact), the juggling act became more challenging and it was hard to find any time for the leisure activities I previously enjoyed.
Seth Adam Smith wrote an article titled, Marriage Isn’t For You. He talked about not being selfish in your marriage, rather focusing on ensuring the happiness of your spouse. How true that is in parenting also! Reflecting on the day to day life of a parent, it is constantly filled with thoughts and actions for one’s partner and kids.
The sacrifices we give
The Cambridge Dictionary (2013) defines sacrifice as, "To give up something that is valuable to you in order to help another person.” Dishes and clothes are washed, meals are made and bills are paid for everyone’s comfort. Children are taken to school and parents help the children with their homework afterwards. What do parents do for themselves? They take a few minutes to shower and get rested up to prepare for the cycle to start again.
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