I have run into stumbling blocks. Just last month, I found myself hospitalized with pulmonary embolism at age 32. Having this diagnosis is scary at times, as well as stressful. I have many doctors visits, several trips to the ER, and lots of medication. I am determined to get past this. I have to!! I have three beautiful children that need me around. I could give up and throw in the towel, but what would the kids do. They need a mom around, not just for the day to day things, but to teach them life lessons.
We as parents have to teach our children how to become well rounded adults. They learn from us, they watch us, and they mimic us. I watch my son and step daughter, whom are the same age (4th grade), trying to become their own person. I also see them making decisions based on the adults they have in their lives. I wonder sometimes, if what I'm teaching them now...or not teaching them going to help them in the long run? I try to instill responsibility, good decision making, and being kind to others. I preach it over and over, but am I showing it to them? I think that is a big part of being a parent...practicing what you preach. So from this day forward I am going to put real effort into practicing what I preach, and being a good role model for my children.