As I wrap up this first week of school, I have nothing but pride and gratitude in my heart.

Parenting is the wild wild west – uncharted territory that tests us to the bounds of our abilities to be patient, navigate uncertainty and separate ourselves from the “outcome.”

Because there is no “achievement” in parenting. While I am proud this week, I am not proud because my kids made me feel good about me. I’m proud because they have handled so much themselves. Yes, I supported them and that should never be absent but the pride is not how I influenced them. It is that they stayed true to who they are throughout a huge time of transition.

Just as parenthood tests us, our children are in the tests of their lifetimes thus far. Childhood tests their abilities to be patient, navigate uncertainty and separate themselves from the “outcome.”

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