I stand to the side and watch her, at once proud and sad. She is growing up. Learning that letting go can be scary and exciting, but most of all, necessary. And I realize as I watch her rush back to the ladder, it's a lesson I am learning too.
To parent our children to live exceptional lives and become exceptional people, we must teach them to have the fortitude to stand tall no matter what is happening.
The weight of a woman is more than a number that flashes on a small screen. The real weight of a woman can't be measured by a machine, because it includes so much more than how much or how little fat you have on your body.
If you can't float on your tummy, try learning on your back. A different view can be all it takes to help pick up a new skill.
All mothering attempts seem to be a reaction: you either emulate your own experience, or you rebel against it.
We grew these babies for as long as we could inside our bodies, and the rest in really tough circumstances. They counted on us and we stepped up in ways we didn't know we could. We didn't break and we didn't let premature birth break our children.
Being a parent means you outfit yourself with the right kid paraphernalia so you're prepared for anything. How well our diaper bag has been packed can determine the success or failure of any outing.