Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Shout Out to my Husband

I teach preschool and when my students get dropped off via the carpool line, memories flash through my mind of all the mornings I spent rushing around getting my four children ready for school--lunches to pack, permission slips to sign, uniforms to wash, calendars to update, dentist appointments to schedule, and on and on and on.  My husband always left for the office on an early train, so this territory was exclusively mine.  

In spite of this, today's blog is a huge thank you to my husband, because even if he was able to escape on that early train, his presence in my life and the lives of our children has allowed me to be the mother and wife that I always wanted to be.  His love and support meant that I didn't have to face parenting alone. He was always prepared to listen and help me sort out an issue I was having with one of our children, and also let me vent when the monotony of being a stay at home mom crept in, or my list of household chores felt overwhelming.  He always affirmed the job I was doing as a mom; and appreciated my efforts to run our household and manage our children's lives.

In working with many single parents over the years in my parenting classes,and it is easy to see how truly difficult it is to parent flying solo.  This has reaffirmed to me how lucky I am to have this man as my husband and my children's father.  He is the rock of our family and his love and encouragement have been the biggest gift in my life.   

If you are in a happy marriage.  Take some time to let your spouse know how much they mean to you.  And let your children know, too.  A family built on the solid foundation of a happy marriage is something to be celebrated and appreciated.

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