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Parents Grow from Raising Children

Parents not only teach their children how to become emotionally stable adults; many parents grow emotionally from raising children. Whether it’s becoming more patient and kind, or experiencing the world. With a new-found sense of wonder, the challenges of parenting can turn into rewarding opportunities for growth and appreciation.
December 4, 2020Updated 1 month ago
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Parents Grow from Raising Children
There are many new experiences people encounter after having children. And some people will develop new skills and insights as a result that can be applied to other aspects of their lives. Whether in one's interpersonal relationships, at work, or even with one's own parents, becoming a parent can present a huge growth opportunity for many people. For example, being a parent can teach people to have more patience with others, to communicate more simply, and to value present moments over focusing on the past or the future. Other parents report being more forgiving and being able to discern the petty from the truly important. Having children forces people to prioritize—managing their time differently than ever before and only making time for the most important things. "Becoming a mother has been one of the biggest blessings in my life," wrote one mother. "Being a mother is by far the most challenging but most rewarding job I’ve ever had." Many parents feel more grateful and thankful for the small pleasures in daily life. Some say they even feel more grateful for their own parents after having children of their own. Parenting can foster new problem-solving skills. Whether it's the time management required to juggle kids and work or the new budget that must be factored in, becoming a parent can also mean becoming a part-time teacher, nurse, counselor, or accountant. Many parents have said that having children has made them better at their jobs. Having children can help bring renewed purpose to work or other projects, and supporting children can bring new inspiration to work. Some parents have even said that daycare and meeting other fellow parents has grown their professional network.
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5 Lessons Becoming A Parents Taught Me About Life, HuffPost, Kimanzi Constable, April 13, 2015
Confession: Motherhood has made me a better person
7 Ways Being A Mom Makes Me Better At My Job

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