Last night we attended an orientation for a program Ilyana was excepted to. This program exposes middle school age children to college, with the purpose of empowering them to successfully graduate from high school, and pursue a higher education.
During the presentation, the director of the program wanted to thank the parents for attending and investing the time in their children. Now, being that I am not good at taking compliments I dismissed this as I have often done, by thinking, “It’s our job as parents to encourage and invest in anything that betters our children.” But just as I was thinking this, I looked over to my husband who had rushed off work so we could make it to the orientation on time. And I thought, “You know what? We accept that compliment!” At that moment, I decided not to ever again “down play” the efforts we put in as parents.
Here we were sitting at UCF with our 12-year-old baby girl, exposing her to the possibility to endless opportunities. Setting a foundation for her to achieve not only her academic goals, but her personal goals as well. In doing this, we have set college not as an option, but as a standard, and have given it importance in all our children’s lives.
I stared at my husband while he asked questions about the program, and I felt my heart swell up with thankfulness. We were on the same page. When it comes to our children and what we believe is best for them, we are always a united and strong force. I never want to take that for granted or not give it the importance that it’s due.
So going forward, all parent compliments, applause, even standing ovations, will be accepted with a humble and grateful heart!