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Being A Parent Is The Hardest Job In The World, But Truly The Most Rewarding Job!

Updated on January 9, 2014

A Mother's Love

My Great Granddaughter At Six Months
My Great Granddaughter At Six Months | Source

Being A Parent IS The Hardest, But The Most Rewarding Job In The World

Being a parent has to be the hardest job in the world. Anyone who has had children will never dispute that statement.

I think a lot about this subject of children. Children are the most precious gifts we can receive. From the time a child is born, the parents love their child more than anything else and would lay down their life for this miracle of life. A Mother begins to feel the love of her child long before it is born. I’ve often wondered if a baby realizes how much it is loved. Can it feel the love, and the concerns of the parents? Does the baby feel secure and safe?


Babyhood And The Terrible Two's

We feed the baby, walk the floor when it has colic, bathe the baby, change the baby (Lord, how many times?) We rock and sing to the baby, and marvel at it’s beauty. We hold the baby and look down on it with pride, and wish it would just stay this sweet innocent person. We stroke the hair that feels like velvet.

The child begins to walk, and we’re right there to help them up if they fall down. We’re proud they are walking, but they don’t realize the dangers that lurk everywhere in the house. So, we must protect them by “baby proofing” the house.

We live through the “terrible two’s), and wonder if we will be strong enough to go on. They assert their independence by refusing to toilet train when you want them to. They baulk and stamp their feet. If you’re in a hurry, they refuse to be dressed.

Time For Kindergarten

Now, you've made it this far, and it's time to go to kindergarten. You will be separated from this dear child almost all day. You don't think you can bear it, but you do.

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She started school this morning,

And she seemed so very small.

As I walked there beside her

In the Kindergarten hall.

And as she took her place beside

the others in the class,

I realized how all too soon

Those first few years can pass.

Remembering, I saw her as

She first learned how to walk.

The words that we alone made out

When she began to talk.

This little girl so much absorbed

In learning how to write.

It seems as though she must have grown

To girlhood overnight.

My eyes were blurred by hastily

I brushed the tears away

Lest by some word or sign of mine

I mar her first big day.

Oh how I longed to stay with her

And keep her by the hand

To lead her through the places

That she couldn't understand.

And something closely kin to fear

Was mingled with my pride.

I knew she would no longer be

A baby by my side.

But she must have her chance to live,

To work her problems out,

The privilege to grow and learn

What life is all about.

Your Biggest Fear When They Are Teenagers!

My Granddaughter's Ford Escort, or what is left of the car.
My Granddaughter's Ford Escort, or what is left of the car. | Source

Your Child Makes It Through College!


Donny Osmond Sings "Teenager In Love"

Preteens And Teens

Before you know it, the child is a preteen. You realize now that your work has just begun. They get “smart mouthed”, and at first your feelings are hurt. How can this sweet, wonderful person talk to me this way???? You read books that advise you that this is natural….they are just asserting themselves. We just have to be patient with them.

The child reaches their teens, and the job gets even harder. They learn to drive a car, and you’ve read the statistics on that subject! They become interested in the opposite sex. Now you really don’t know what to do. You can’t give them too much freedom; yet you know the mistakes they’ll make if you don’t instill in them the value of good choices. They start hanging around with the wrong crowd, and you can see the danger. But, the more you try to tell your child they are making a poor choice in friends, the more they want that friend. The same is true of boyfriend/girlfriends. You don’t want your child to get too close for fear of all the dangers. You feel very helpless. If it’s a boy, the Father talks to him about “the birds and the bees”. You warn him, but he doesn’t listen, all of his friends have girlfriends. Your daughter is headed for heartbreak and maybe a disease, or maybe an unwanted pregnancy, but she doesn’t listen. All her friends are doing these things, and they are all fine. If you get “protection” for her, that means you approve of a premarital relationship, but if you don’t, you might be sorry. You pray a lot.

If they make it out of the teen years, you think the worst is over. I used to think that when a child reached the age of 18, my job would be over. I was wrong; very wrong. They leave home to go away to college , and now you really start to worry. What if they party too much, and don’t study? What if they flunk out of school?

Job Well Done

Your job as a parent never stops. Even after they are grown and out of the house. You still worry about them. You worry until the day you die, or they die whichever comes first.

I will say after raising four children, I can look at them now, and pat myself on the back for a job well done! I swell with pride when I look at them now. I made it. The circle of life goes on, and now I have Grandchildren and a GreatGranddaughter to love and worry about. It never stops. Yes, being a parent IS the hardest job in the world, but it's the MOST rewarding.

I think God has a special place in Heaven for parents. We sure do deserve it!

The Family I Am Very Proud Of


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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Peggy W Oh, yes, having a child is a forever journey! I am very proud of my offspring; in fact I have two granddaughters who are both due the same day next week! Can you imagine how busy I will be??

      Thanks so much for reading and sharing this Hub again. I appreciate that.

      BTW: Are you going to baby sit that new bundle of joy??

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We have a brand new baby girl on our street and it is the first child to the happy parents. They have started on a forever journey and one that will surely enrich their lives. Sharing this hub of your again. You certainly have a great looking family Mary and one of which you can be proud.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi, sasanka7. Yes we parents worry about our children all their lives. We want so much for them to be safe and happy.

      Thanks for reading my Hub about being a parent, Mary

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      sasanka7 3 years ago from Calcutta, India

      Great Hub. I agree with your views about the worries and practical problems mentioned in the hub. It is rightly said "You worry until the day you die". It's a common problem of parents. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, Sunshine625 (Linda). Yes, it is rewarding to be a parent, especially after you see them all grown up like I have. I know how proud you are of your children and precious grandchildren.

      We celebrated my Great Granddaughter's 3rd. birthday just today.

      Thanks for the nice compliment, Mary

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Such a beautiful family photo...I agree parenting is the most rewarding job.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Rosana Thanks for reading my Hub, and I'm so happy you enjoyed seeing my family. I'm very proud of them. I am truly blessed. Hope you have a wonderful day. Mary

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      Rosana Modugno 4 years ago from 10th Kingdom

      I really enjoyed this hub, Mary. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful family. :) 5 stars!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Lisa HW, Yes, this little girl just turned two years old and is a beautiful and dear child. It's pretty exciting when the grands come along, you have a lot to look forward to.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

      Goodnight, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Peggy W. Thanks so much for reading and for the 5 star rating on my Hub on being a parent. It truly is a hard job, but certainly rewarding when you look at your children all grown up and you can be proud of them.

      Thanks for the votes and the share. I do appreciate that.

      My best, Mary

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      Lisa HW 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      mary615, I know (by looking at the dates here) that this is little late (but I just found this Hub), but congratulations on that still pretty new great-grandchild. I'm still in the no-grandchildren-yet phase of life, but I'm imagining a whole world of new discoveries that must go on as grandchildren and then great-grandchildren come along. (Lots of ideas for Hubs material, I'd think :) ).

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      I gave you a 5 star rating on this hub. Being a good parent is definitely the hardest job in the world but has to also be one of the most rewarding when done well. Sometimes the kids follow the good advice and others do not and their lives are harder for not having listened. It is amazing how different kids can be from the same family. It is obvious that you have taught your offspring good values and that you have a big heart. Enjoy your kiddos...especially that new great grandbaby that is in your life. Up votes and happy to share.

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      Hello, Vinaya Ghimire, how nice to see you today. Thanks for reading my Hub on being a parent. This little angel in the photo is now living in my house and I'm loving it. I wrote a Hub about having her here. Yes, it is a hard job, but I've always loved it. See you again soon.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      My sister was a career oriented woman, but when she had a baby, she gave up her job to become a full time mother.

      "Being a parent is the hardest job in the world,"she says to me, "but this is also most satisfying and rewarding work."

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, GmaGoldie, thanks for reading this, and for the nice compliment. Thanks, too, for the votes. See you again soon....

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      What a beautiful tribute to Mothers everywhere.

      At lunch the other day a waitress in training was asking how the experience waitress did something - her reply was "I am a Mom, I can do anything". This is so true. There is an inner resilience with Motherhood. Congratulations on being a Mom, Grandmother and Great Grandmother!

      Voted up and beautiful.

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, kingphilipIV, so glad you read my Hub. You are certainly a loving son, and appreciate your parents. I'm sure you never miss a chance to tell them how you feel about them. That means so much as a parent: to know your children love and appreciate them. Good to see you, here. Have a wonderful day. Regards, Mary

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      Ramphil Basco 6 years ago from Iloilo, Philippines

      I'm not yet a parent by as a son, I will always treasure and love my parents.. and that is for forever.. :)

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      greatparenting 6 years ago from philadelphia, pa and corolla, nc

      Nice to virtually meet you, too. I'll be following from now on.

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi greatparenting, so good to see you! Thanks for reading this, and for the nice compliment.

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      greatparenting 6 years ago from philadelphia, pa and corolla, nc

      Love the poem. So poignant and so true. Thanks.

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Sueswan! Thank you for taking the time to read this. Thanks, too, for the vote UP. You are too kind. I always like to hear from you, friend.

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      I am not a parent but I have the highest respect and regards for them.

      Voted up, up and away!

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      Thanks, miztemptress for stopping by and reading this, and for the compliment. You'd think it would get easier to "let them go" as you have more children, but it doesn't.

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      miztemptress 6 years ago

      That was an awesome poem..My 4 yr old daughter started school last yr and all I remember was wanting to stay with her and I cried the whole way home..This yr my 3 yr old started head start and for some reason her starting was even harder than my first child...Your poem said exactly how it is and the feeling the and we have letting them go...Amazing job..

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi chiefmomofficer (I love that!), Good to see you. I did so enjoy having my four girls, then later, I adopted a Grandson. He's a lot of fun, but there's just something special about the girls. I can't get him interested in cooking or sewing like I did with the girls. Enjoy everyday with your two little girls!

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      chiefmomofficer 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      As a mom of two little girls, it was very nice to read this hub and think about all that is still to come. Nothing can compare to the love a parent feels for their children. It's the greatest gift life can bring. Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      You could write some great Hubs about barbering, kellymom1970. Give it a try. My daughters tell me some great tales about their experiences. Don't hold your breath on that photo of me with a flat top. I'm thinking about it, though. Night, Mary

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      kellymom1970 6 years ago

      Mary615, Don't sell yourself short,just by looking at your family. I can tell you are a very brave women! I think you would be the hottest thing in Florida with a flattop. I think you should ask your daughter to give you one.

      I wish I could write as well as you do, I would write about some of my barber experiences.

      I can't wait for you to post a picture of you flat top hair. New Friend

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      kellymom, thanks for reading about the Barber book. I thought you'd get a kick out of that one! I've been tempted to get a flat top, but I'm not that brave! See you...

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      kellymom1970 6 years ago

      Mary615, I had to ask, My mom and I both wear flat tops Low maintenance!

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      No, they just DO flattops! A friend of mine wrote a book on barbering. I did a review of the book, and made a Hub. You might like to read that one. I love your hair! Thanks for the compliment, too.

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      kellymom1970 6 years ago

      mary615, I know, you said it all. Great hub.

      All those barbers and no flat top haircuts on you girls!!