I saw this a few months ago and while I'm all for creating my own content, I just had to share this. Please visit the original article on Boston.com. Thank you Karen for letting me share this.
an excerpt from "Am I Mom Enough? A Motherhood Wish List"
I hope I raise a child who says “thank you” to the bus driver when he
gets off the bus, “please” to the waiter taking his order at the
restaurant, and holds the elevator doors when someone’s rushing to get
I hope I raise a child who loses graciously and wins without
bragging. I hope he learns that disappointments are fleeting and so are
triumphs, and if he comes home at night to people who love him, neither
one matter. Nobody is keeping score, except sometimes on Facebook.
I hope I raise a child who is kind to old people.
I hope I raise a child who realizes that life is unfair: Some people
are born rich or gorgeous. Some people really are handed things that
they don’t deserve. Some people luck into jobs or wealth that they don’t earn. Tough.
I hope I raise a child who gets what he wants just often enough to keep him optimistic but not enough to make him spoiled.
I hope I raise a child who knows that he’s loved and special but that
he’s not the center of the universe and never, ever will be.
I hope I raise a child who will stick up for a kid who’s being
bullied on the playground. I also hope I raise a child who, if he’s the
one being bullied, fights back. Hard. Oh, and if he’s the bully? I hope
he realizes that his mother, who once wore brown plastic glasses and
read the phonebook on the school bus, will cause him more pain than a bully ever could.
I hope I raise a child who relishes life’s tiny pleasures—whether
it’s a piece of music, or the color of a gorgeous flower, or Chinese
takeout on a rainy Sunday night.
I hope I raise a child who is open-minded and curious about the world without being reckless.
I hope I raise a child who doesn’t need to affirm his self-worth through bigotry, snobbery, materialism, or violence.
I hope I raise a child who likes to read.
I hope I raise a child who is courageous when sick and grateful when healthy.
I hope I raise a child who begins and ends all relationships straightforwardly and honorably.
I hope I raise a child who can spot superficiality and artifice from a
mile away and spends his time with people and things that feel
authentic to him.
I hope I raise a child who makes quality friends and keeps them.
I hope I raise a child who realizes that his parents are flawed but loves them anyway.
I started Anna a journal with all my thoughts, wishes, dreams, and comments from daily life events. I added this in to the pages. **
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