Tracking Santa @ Norad
Parents are created differently; whether by happenstance or years of planning, becoming a parent is life’s most special event. Nothing else compares to the enormous trust that is placed in us the day our child is born. Parenting isn’t a job, a task, or a chore – it’s a privilege. A privilege is defined as a special treat or honor. When a baby is born he has no skills or knowledge, except for basic human instincts. The same is true of new parents. As our child grows and evolves so do we. Here are some do’s and don’ts this “evolving” parent has learned so far:
DO tell your child you love them everyday.
DO show them enormous amounts of affection.
DO show in interest in all their activities.
DO instill a sense of Faith and Hope in your children.
DO teach them; Compassion, Respect and Charity.
DO create activities that develop their Bodies, Minds, and Souls.
DO teach them that Winning isn’t everything, but Losing isn’t much fun either.
DO teach them; Manners, Values, Morals, and that their Vote does count!
DO trust your instincts.
DO accept that you’ll make mistakes.
DO say “I’m sorry,” and mean it.
DO strive to be better everyday.
DO remember it’s more fun to say YES than NO.
DO make time for yourself every week. (Everyday would be better, but that’s a stretch.)
DO realize parenting is a lifelong gig – there’s no parole!
DO remember the title of “parent” is greater than any professional award you could ever achieve.
Do seek out resources to help you along the way, but filter and tailor them to your situation. (It may take a village, but it starts with YOU!)
Don’t believe everything you read, hear, or see!
Don’t lose your temper.
DON’T put an internet enabled computer in a child’s room.
Don’t compare your child to someone else’s. (Same goes for your spouse or partner.)
DON’T be a stay-at-home parent unless you really want to. Children sense stress better than any polygraph machine.
Don’t forget, these are the people who will take care of you when you’re old. (What comes around goes around!)
And last but not least,
DO NOT forget this is a PRIVILEGE to be honored and treasured everyday.
We entered the store; the Helper all excited, Dad filled with fear and trepidation. We found the holiday decorating section – it wasn’t hard – just look for the masses. And, to my surprise, an entire 8 foot section filled with icicle lights. Ah, life is good! Boy, that Mommy knows her stuff. There were no prices on any of the boxes and no shelf signs, but I didn’t care. “Look Dad, they have your lights!” the Helper exclaimed. I grabbed 4 boxes of the 300 count, 18 ft. long lights and headed for the register. To my delight, the entire purchase came to $23.50. Wow, life is really good.
After a few hours on the ladder, the house was adorned with its holiday illumination. It was still daylight so the Helper didn’t appreciate the effort much. He and I went inside and proceeded to take a short nap. While we were asleep, Mommy and the mystical elves transformed the inside of our home into a Christmas spectacular.
Upon awaking from his slumber the Helper showed me the tree and said, “Look Dad, I put up your Christmas tree,” and “C’mere, look, I put up your lights outside.” For a 3 ½ year old he’s extremely talented. I thanked him. He then informed me that Santa was coming tonight – Oh boy, now it really starts!
Well, yesterday, Big Boy and I ventured to the store to purchase our new lights, as a recent cold front had broken, and it was already December 10th. Also, every night, my son stands on our front porch and admires all my neighbor’s displays (that were all in place Thanksgiving weekend.) Yeah, I know, worst Dad EVER! It’s amazing how fast you can go from Best to Worst in a preschooler’s eyes. Well, that’s right, you guessed it; None of our local home centers had any lights left. Oh No! I’m in a little trouble here, for I was continually reminded that, “We NEEEEED them!”
Upon arriving back home, empty handed, The Mommy suggested I try Target and Wal-Mart, as she has recently purchased them there for her job. So today, Big Boy and I will venture out again, as it’s still above 50 degrees, and I’m only 14 days shy of Christmas. I’ll keep you posted!