As parents, we all know how hard it can be at times to handle our children and train them up with proper social skills and etiquette. We often feel like failures, even though it is normal for it to be hard, whether it is the age of the child, the number of children, the temperament of our child, special needs which require extra attention, and so on.
So this thread is to share your joyful moments of parenting success, where you suddenly realize that you are doing your best and your best is good enough and your children and family and community see your efforts and appreciate them. I will start, and I hope to see all of your good stories added here!
Yesterday, I took all my four children (9, 6, 3, 1) out to a nicer restaurant for dinner, all by myself. My husband was on a trip, and we had cabin fever, so we just decided to go for it and have some fun. We took a portable “hang man” game board, and a couple of quiet electronic games, just in case. We dined on sushi, played games, and enjoyed multiple courses. It was fun, but still I was worried. I have been approached before on several occasions by people who believe children should be excluded from restaurants and church, and they were hurtful. But this time, when we were approached toward the end of our dinner, it was by an older man, who wanted to compliment my children on their behavior, and me, for my attentiveness to them. He said it was really nice to see how I took care of all my children. I was relieved and so thankful. I thanked him kindly and said it meant a lot to me that he stopped to say something so kind. Then, after he left, I told my kids how good they were being and how much fun I had been having with them.
All of that really made up for what happened when we went to the store next, and my 1yo was trying to climb out of her seat in the cart, and my 3yo was scooting across the floor on her bottom in the aisles!