I have often wondered if I tell my children that I am so very proud of them individually. We, unfortunately, live in a very fast world and it’s difficult to remember the little things in life, but they can mean so much to us, especially to our children. They do often do something which they are rightly so very proud of, and when they tell you they are looking for a pat on the back from mum and dad, and that is the lovely thing to do.
When I was growing up I would have done anything for my mum or dad to say I’m proud of you son, well done! But alas it never happened.
My father, well nobody knew where he was half the time and I imagine he saw me as a hinderance rather than a blessing. My mother, bless her did her best as a single parent, but I guess she was too selfish a person to ever say you make me proud son.
I always remember sports day in primary and junior school. I would win the sprint every year, but sadly unlike I lot of of other children who’s parents made the effort to watch and cheer on their kids, my parents were never there, although at the time I didn’t know. This taught me a valuable lesson when I became a parent and that’s to tell my children how proud I am of them.
There never seems to be many days that don’t pass that my children do something that makes me very proud of them.
This week my eighteen year old son, A, who is currently completing his A’ Levels before he goes to university to study product and design, phoned me to tell that the product he has designed from scratch will be in the summer exhibited at our home town university.
His product has also been nominated for an innovation award with the WJEC (Welsh Joint Education Commitee), which is an incredible achievement for an 18 year old young adult, who I believe has a bright future.
It will also be shown to the year below him as an example of what can be achieved if you work hard. For his course work he has achieved 100% and an A grade. He phoned me to tell me all of this and I know I said well done, but I didn’t tell him how proud I was of his achievements. I know that I will put that right, but I’m disappointed in myself that I didn’t say it then.
Being a parent has many responsibilities. Some are very big responsibilities, but also some are just telling your children the little things in life. Telling them that every day they make you very proud and very proud that they are your child.
I know I will be telling my children how proud I am of them for whatever they may do in the future.
Would love to know your thoughts. Do you tell your children how proud you are of them?