I had the most interesting conversation with a loved one months ago that I’ve given a lot of thought to ever since; I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic!
We were casually talking all things parenting, and she mentioned that her only regret from raising her children was that she yelled too much at times. Her children have been adults for a couple decades, but looking back, she wishes she wouldn’t have raised her voice as much as she did. She doesn’t dwell on it and it doesn’t keep her up at night or anything; She would simply just eliminate a chunk of her yelling if she could go back and do it all again.
This extremely casual, short conversation had me scratching my head for weeks until I called her up and we talked about it a little more. It got me thinking about what actions I’m taking now or will take in the future that I may regret when my children are grown and have flown the coop. I’m not a perfect mom and am pretty darn aware that I make mistakes in this gig, but now I’m curious what decisions I’ll look back on 30+ years from now and be glad I made and stuck to versus what decisions I’ll look back and wish I did differently.
Surely all parents have some regrets from their season of raising children, and those regrets differ from parent to parent. I just wish I could sit down with a whole gaggle of women who have adult children and have this conversation as a means of soaking up their raw, candid advice for the next generation that’s raising children. I don’t want anyone to dwell on their regrets or bring up sore subjects; I’m just purely curious about (and honestly fascinated by) what the generation before me would do differently when it comes to raising their kiddos.
We young parents have so much we could learn from you. 🙂
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this random Friday topic. 🙂