I have been lucky to find friends who love my kids. These friends may or may not have kids of their own and they cheer for my kids, support my kids and are always asking what is going on in their lives. We have all heard the saying that it takes a village to raise a child and I can attest to how wonderful it is to have your village.
My village has taught my kids how to do things that I do not know how to do well. They have taken them fishing, to ride on a boat, and given them cooking lessons. All three of those things I am not the greatest at.
More than that, they allow my children to ask them questions about their lives. We are all very different. We have grown up and done things different and each have a unique perspective on situation. So when I get a little too Mama Bear and want my child to understand where I am coming from, my friends can give their perspective to comfort my child and calm me down all at once.
My tribe allows my children to see diversity. We are all from different families and backgrounds. We all have different jobs, hobbies and surroundings.
To my friends,
Thank you for loving my children as your own. Thank you for cheering for them and supporting them in there never ending endeavors in life. Thank you for allowing them to ask you tough questions, to process, learn and grow with you. Thank you for being my kids additional moms, aunts and friends.
My kids are lucky to have so many unique people in their lives. My hope is as they grow they will know that they have people surrounding them that love and support them. When they need to talk about something that they don’t want to talk to their mom or dad about, they will find our friends.
Parenting is hard enough without us thinking that we have to this all on our own. Having a community around our children makes us all stronger. We are stronger together, never apart.