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There is a new show on Fox called Raising Hope.  I watched the premier episode the other day.   It has gotten me thinking about raising kids.  Kids do not come with instruction manuals.  And really it doesn’t take any brains to make a baby.  The making a baby is the easiest part of being a parent.  Anyone can be a mother or a father, an egg here a sperm there and voila you are a mother or a father.   But to be a mommy or daddy, that is a whole other ball of wax. 

Being a mommy or a daddy means putting in the time, you have to be there physically and emotionally.  And it is very hard work.  Being a mommy or a daddy means there is a high opportunity cost and the present value is sometimes lower but the future value, ah the future value makes all of the costs worth it.  Opportunity cost is what you give up in order to have the option you choose. 

There are so many opportunity costs when it comes to having kids.  You can’t just pick up and go . . . well anywhere.  It doesn’t matter what the age of the child, as long as they are still a child they require stuff.  Babies need diapers and bottles and toys, toddlers need toys and snacks and extra clothes, and as they get older their stuff gets bigger and/or more expensive.  But you still need to drag it with you. 

Putting in your time is a cost too.  Sitting up with sick kids, sitting up with cranky I forgot to do my homework kids, sitting up waiting for your kids.  It is all time you could be doing something else.  But why would you?  There is nothing that is more work and has the long term wait for the reward that is more worth it.  Because when you invest your time in your kids, they invest it back.  And then they send you text messages telling you they are in a relationship and are so happy, because you taught them that.  They send you emails telling you about their adventures, because you taught them to not be afraid to try new things.  They call you with exciting news, they tell you their hopes and dreams because you made it so they feel safe to tell you anything.  And you realize that the while at the time there may have been an opportunity cost, it was oh so very worth it. 

Anyone can be a mother or a father, I am proud to be a mommy.  Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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