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13 Things That Make Me Proud to be a Parent

By mandycheney |


My number one job is being a mother. I’m a stay-at-home parent (that writes about my number one job here part-time to keep my brain working.) There is no monetary compensation for my number one job, nor should there be. I love my job. In fact, it doesn’t seem right to call it a job. It’s an awesome way to live a life and I don’t regret my choice to be a mother one bit.

With that said, I have my grouchy moments. Don’t get me wrong, there are days I’d rather jab needles up my fingernails than hear one more whiny voice call my name or try to break up a fight between my kids. My days are full of moments like those, but not the WHOLE day. And those aren’t the things I think about when I go to bed at night.

I am typically remembering other little moments that occurred that day. The little moments that make the challenges obsolete. Little moments that remind me that I love what I do as a parent and little moments that are worth more than any dollar amount. Those are the times when I’m truly compensated for what I do. Those are my paybacks.

Life is full of those paybacks and every day I strive (notice I said, “strive”) to see them. I’m not always successful, but when I’m looking, I’m able to find them. They are the little moments that make me proud to be a mama.

In no particular order, here are 13 payback moments that make me proud to be a parent:

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The Things That Kids Do to Make Parents Proud

I Love You

Nothing makes me happier to be a parent than when I see my kids being kind to each other. It gives me little warm fuzzies when they're not fighting.


What are your parenting paybacks? What makes you proud to be a parent?

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About mandycheney



Mandy Cheney is a writer and mother of 4 residing in Utah. She was a Parenting blogger at Babble.

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