A Better Life

We want a better life for our children, so we work overtime trying to make more money, until hours past sunset, finally at home when they are asleep.

We want a better life for our children, so we enroll them into all the sports and activities we were never good at, and transport them to all the lessons and games, hoping they will be the champions we never were.

We want a better life for our children, so we shove toys and electronics and all things material into their tiny chubby hands, hoping that they will be smarter and more informed than we were.

We want a better life for our children, so we make sure we have ample space, more than enough room than the cramped, small house we grew up in.

We want a better life for our children, so all of hard-earned money goes to new clothes and conveniences, and we forget about the landfills that we’re filling up along the way.

We want a better life for our children, so we teach them the importance of being green, while all we can commit to in regards to being green is just recycling.

We want a better life for our children and want them to be respectful, so we teach them about patience and respect, while they are ignored during dinner while we take a phone call.

We want a better life for our children, so we buy the swing set for the backyard, but sit and stay under the porch while they play because it’s too hot for us to push them on the swing.

We want a better life for our children, so we buy every last trend and little new toy and clothing, so they aren’t made fun of like we were, but we forget to teach them about respect and mercy and hard work.

We want so much more for them, and they, the small they, just want so much more of us.

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8 thoughts on “A Better Life

  1. As a mom that is on the other end of the parenting spectrum…last of 4 about to graduate…let me say you are spot on. Looking back, the question I needed to be asking myself each day was this… Is this ‘thing/ event/ class/ etc… important enough for me to borrow time away from my children to be able to pay for the thing / event / class/ etc..

    Great thoughts Liz…thanks for sharing!

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  2. What a PERFECT post!!! You are right about everything!
    I noticed that the other day while babysitting my granddaughter. Her other grandmother sits on the couch and they watch Mickie Mouse together. She and I play with all of her little animal toys, talking back and forth about being friends and such. She is so much more interactive and anxious to see me come to babysit!

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