I Used To Think I Was So Smart…

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Parenting Help Me writer Gabriella Parker

I Used To Think I Was So Smart…

and then one day, I grew up.

It happens to the best of us. One day you’re frolicking in fields of clover and then whack! You’re hitting the snooze button for just five more minutes of unadulterated sleep before it’s time to make your grand entrance into whatever rat race you’re competing in at the moment.

I didn’t think I would ever change my opinions on kids, marriage, parenting, and life in general.

I remember the day I was having a heated discussion with my brother-in-law. I was 19 and newly married. He was of course, older and wiser. He laughed at my opinionated rantings and said, “One day, you are going to change your mind. In 10 years, let’s have this same conversation and see what you think.” Of course, being the know-it-all that I was, I replied that it would not happen. I insisted that I would always have the same opinions because that’s what made me who I was.

It didn’t even take me 10 years. As I was coming down off of the adolescent hormone high, it started to happen. I was about 25 yrs old. My thought processes started to change. The metamorphosis had begun and I was turning into my worst nightmare, a responsible, mature adult.

Now that I look back on the life lessons that I’ve learned, I just have to laugh. I used to think I was so smart. I thought I knew everything. I thought I knew myself. Wow, was I wrong!

Even though a lot of things about me changed, I never did tell my brother-in-law that he was right. I wanted to save him the trauma of an overinflated ego. If he knew, I wouldn’t have anyone to argue with. I still like a heated debate every once in awhile. I guess some things never change.

So just keep reminding yourself, your kids will grow up one day too. My favorite line from my daughter is “Momma, you don’t know nothing!”

I just smile; she thinks she is sooo smart.

Author: Gabriella Parker

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