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Parental Courage: How Being With My Kids Has Given Me Courage

How Kids Give Parents Parental CourageBeing a parent has given me superpowers. I noticed early on in Addie’s life that having her around me changed everything about me in ways I never thought were possible. Kids, they have a tendency to do that to people.

I’m an introvert through and through. I hate the thought of gathering together with a group of people I don’t know and participating in some kind of group discussion. I hate the thought of walking into a room and being paired off with someone who I’ve never met before. I am also terrified of going into a social situation where people who I’ve never met before are gathered to have some kind of social gathering as entertainment. That part doesn’t come fully from the introvert in me, a good chunk of that fear comes from the social idiot that lives inside me.

All of those fears that I just wrote about disappear when I have my kids around me. Give me Vivi’s hand as I walk into a social situation and all my fear is gone. Have Addie by my side as I walk into a group of people for a group discussion and I’ll be fine. These kids, they give me superpowers.

I noticed when Addie was just a couple weeks old and we were at the grocery store that there was something special about her that allowed me to do things I didn’t think I could. As I pushed Addie in the grocery cart I could play little games with her like peek-a-boo and not care that people were watching what I was doing.

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The same thing has happened with Vivi. I can put Vivi in the grocery cart and as I follow Casey around the grocery store I lose myself in my surroundings as I talk and play games with Vivi.

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