The contract

Holding hands
Holding hands

There’s no contract more binding than the one you sign up and agree to when you become a parent. 
Being a parent is a full-time commitment; you can’t just pick and choose what you want or don’t want to get involved in, nor only do the things that suit you. 

As a parent, sacrifices will need to be made, but they will be worth it.

You have to learn to take the rough with the smooth. The good times and the hard times. 

It’s not always easy. 

There will be times when you will feel as though you’re talking to yourself; you will repeat yourself. Lots. Your child might dislike the decisions you’ve made, you might get the silent treatment or they might scream and shout at you, even tell you they hate you. 

You will repeat yourself. 

At times you will find yourself hiding in the bathroom for a minute’s break or screaming into a pillow to just let it all out. 

You will repeat yourself. 

But then there will be those amazing times. Those times when only you can make things better. 

When a chubby little hand tightly grips your fingers. 

When little arms wrap around your legs and stop you from going somewhere, or a head snuggles into your neck. 

When the comfiest (and sometimes only!) place to fall sleep is in your arms or on your chest. 

When you’re in a new place and a hand will seek out yours for a reassuring squeeze or when your eyes meet at a school play and you’re greeted with a wide grin and an excited wave. 

When you’re presented with a precious stone for keeps. 

Every single time you hear those words ‘I love you’. 

They’re the moments that make it all worthwhile. 

No matter how much they grow up, regardless of their age, they will never stop being your son/daughter. 

They will still need a hug, that reassuring squeeze and smile. They’ll still want to hear that everything will be okay. 

And whatever they go on to become, they will still look up to you, their parent, their guide, their role model. Always wanting to make you proud. 

There is no end date to this contract – you are a parent for life. 

I am privileged to be a mummy to three beautiful and incredibly special children and I promise with all my heart to do the best for them. Always 💙💗💙 BB

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