Heroes In Parenting

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Have you seen the news lately? Chock full ‘o cheeriness, isn’t it? How about stories about parenting? Find many happy ones? No??

Well, I’m not surprised. Between the advice columns, the results of studies, and the stories of bad parents it’s enough to make a reader downright depressed. I don’t like being depressed. Do you?

There are some fantastically wonderful parents out there, Internets. I got to thinking, why not celebrate some of them?

The parents I have in mind are heroes. It doesn’t matter whether they’re in a unique circumstance or doing the ordinary thing day to day. What matters is they’re getting something right with their kids. Maybe a mom is advocating for the services her child needs in school. Or a dad is coaching a sports team. Then there’s the mom getting up early to pack healthy lunches for the kids at school. Or the parents who save up for a year just to drive the family on a vacation together.

See? These heroes are all around us, often going about their lives without ever getting recognized or thanked for their efforts. They do what they do because they love their children. They are heroes In parenting.

The news being what it is (depressing) I got to thinking that it’d be neat to find some of those heroes and highlight them here on the blog. I don’t know about you, but I could use encouragement-and a good story any day of the week.

So. That’s what we’re going to do. I’ve got some ideas bouncing around my head as to how it will all work. Come on back tomorrow and I’ll lay them out for you. Suggestions are most welcome as well. 🙂

Earnest Parenting: help for parents who are heroes.

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The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • An Ordinary Mom January 15, 2009, 12:43 am

    So very true. There are SO many wonderful and amazing parents around us. I can’t wait to see how you decide to highlight some of them!

    Thanks for bringing a more positive note to the world 🙂 !!

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  • Baby Boy Names January 15, 2009, 2:08 am

    Allow me to share with you my hero in parenting. Their names are Dante and Luisa, a special friend of our family. At the start of their family they were poor, so poor in fact that they cannot afford to buy an apple. One day her son “joey” ask his mom for an apple and she told him “son, right now now we cannot afford to buy one, but I promise you that one day we will buy as many as you want”.

    And with that, my friend Luisa and Dante worked hard and long hours, not wasting any time. They deliver goods to clients far and near sometimes bringing their children with them. Did it pay off? Yes it did! They are now rich and their son joey can eat all the apples he want.

    Why are they my heroes? Because like them I want to provide for the needs of my 4 children even if that means sleepless nights and sacrificing a lot. Today, not every parent are responsible, and your idea of highlighting parents -ordinary parents – with exceptional love for their children is a very good idea indeed.

    I’ll be coming back to check out your heroes! 🙂 More power

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  • teen jobs January 16, 2009, 10:53 am

    I absolutely love the idea (and I love your blog, btw)
    You are right there is not enough positive press for parents. I have a couple of websites that deal with teens and parents. I actually just finished writing several article about the topic. Let’s celebrate good parents, you are leading the charge. keep it up!

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  • Amy January 19, 2009, 2:59 am

    An Ordinary Mom, thank you! I’m really excited about it. Should be fun.

    Baby Boy Names, great example!

    teen jobs, thank you so much for the compliment. I’ll have to check out your articles on the subject. Sounds interesting!

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  • Ana-Dubai Gallery January 24, 2009, 8:31 am

    Sometimes I felt that parenting is tiring, but when I track back I realized how fulfilling and rewarding it is. Amy I only have one request, Keep on writing and sharing all of your stuffs. You truly inspire us. 🙂

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  • Manila Office Space January 26, 2009, 6:06 am

    I love that idea.Keep it up

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  • Amy February 3, 2009, 11:18 pm

    Ana-Dubai Gallery yes it’s so tiring! That’s why this project, because encouragement helps so much. Thanks for the compliment as well…I’m blushing.

    Manila Office Space, the second edition will come out this week!

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  • Ana_Dubai Gallery February 6, 2009, 3:49 pm

    Hi Amy ,

    You’re welcome, Rest assured that I’ll be following your post , I’m learning a lot each time I visit your site.:-)

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  • Amy February 22, 2009, 12:05 am

    Ana_Dubai Gallery,

    Awww shucks! Thanks! And glad to have a new friend. 🙂

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