The *other* responsibility of being a parent
Before you were born, I often used to chat to your dad about my worries as a parent – would you be healthy, would we be ableo to protect you and look after you well, and how we’d adjust to life as parents. I also knew that as much of a responsibility as we have to take care of you and set you up well for the world, we also need to nurture a kind and good person to be let out into life and society.
I know that your makeup, society and external factors will have a large part in moulding you too, but for the greater part, I need to take responsibility in shaping you in a way that you don’t predominantly become a biter/scratcher/toy stealer/bully/house trasher. And that you say please and thank you. And that you are a positive addition to society. (And if you could not pull the cat’s tail and dive onto her with your full weight, that would be a bonus too).
I hope we get this right, and raise you into the kind of child – and later big person – who is happy and essentially good.
I love you