What are the benefits for being a good parent?
Parenting is hard work. A 24/7 job that doesn't even pay you a dime but drains a lot of your energy. It also requires you to do tasks that are messy and stinky. But still, most of the parents would smile and tell you "it's worth it!" because we get our good behavior rewards when we practice good parenting.I am a parent of three and I am going to tell you why.
My 5-year-old daughter had been drawing for about an hour before I stopped her and asked her to do jump rope.
“How many time do I need to jump?” she asked, unwillingly.
“100,” I replied.
“100? That is way too many,” she protested right away. “I will do 20 only.”
“20 is not enough. You have been sitting here for an hour. You need to get up and do more exercise and...” I tried to explain to her, but she cut me off.
“If you make me do 100, I will change a different mommy,” she huffed with her arms folded on her chest.
“Oh, does that mean I don't need to sing you the lullaby and tuck you in at night any more?” I took a step back, had my arms folded too. I tried hard not to laugh at her facial expression. She wouldn't go to sleep without me singing her favorite lullaby and giving her a good night kiss every night. She stood there with her lip sealed tight, trying hard to search for an answer to my question.
“How about you do 20 now, take a little break, then do the same thing for another 4 times,” I suggested.
“OK, that's better,” she put her smile back on her face, skipped to the living room, picked up her purple rope. She counted out loud as she jumped.
She dropped her rope right at the number 20, raced back to her room. Within few minutes, she appeared right in front of me, holding a drawing.
“Here is your very own pet, Mommy. I named her Hammy the hamster for you,” she said proudly, handing me her drawing.
“WOW, my very own pet!” I exclaimed, accepting the drawing.
“Yes, for being a good mom. I know you are always busy and don't have time to take care of a pet. So I gave you this pretend pet. All you need to do is tape her on the wall and you can say hi to her whenever you want,” this time she had her little hands held together on her back, rocking back and forth as she talked to me.
Looking at my daughter's bright smile, I couldn't hide my feeling. I hugged her tight and planted a kiss on her forehead.
“Thank you, my princess,” I said softly, smiled back at her.
Oh, kids, aren't they genius. They really know how to steal your heart.
so don't be surprised that after all those hard, messy and stinky work, parents still tell you that they won't trade their kids for anything because the rewards for being a parent are priceless. If you're a new parent, gather as many tips on parenting as you can and you'll enjoy your parenthood.