I often wonder where the hell the instruction manual for parenting is. I don't think that God gave a child to a husband and wife and said "Here, figure it out and don't eff it up!". I'm just sure that's NOT how it went down.
I have three beautiful kids who I love with all my might...but I often wonder if I'm making the right choices as a parent. I'm sure all parents go through this (at least I hope). If I sit and think about it to much I just stress myself out.
Raising a child is one of the most difficult jobs. As a child/teenager I went through life thinking my mom had it easy and being a parent wasn't that difficult. I even thought sometimes my mom's rules were crazy and she didn't understand and yada yada. It wasn't until I became a parent myself that I apologized to my mom. I wasn't a bad kid by any means. I just now realize just how hard it is.
Every ones situations are different. So, what works for one family might not necessarily work for another. Plus, with so many people having a blended family it really changes the who dynamics of it all.
I try to make the right choices with all my kids. And sometimes I will be the first to admit (after the fact) that it isn't always the right one. But I learn from it, fix it, and carry on....it's all I can do. I hope when they get older they to will realize how hard it is to be a parent and maybe even appreciate all the hard work I put into our "party of five". It's not always easy...but they are totally worth it.