Every parent thinks their child is a genius – I am the same with Noah! No matter how simple or trivial his or her achievement may be, we celebrate our child’s:
- First word (“Papa”…ok actually it was “Mama”)
- First crawl
- First steps
- First semi-solid meal
- First kiss
- First wave
- First flying kiss
And first crush!!! On a kid’s show celebrity, E, no less.
Ok, I was the only one celebrating – my wife is jealous Noah would even contemplate another lady in her life! Has he no heart???
“After 9 months of carrying him around in me, an excruciatingly long and painful labour, and 13 months of breast-feeding and sleepless night, is that how he repays me?? “
“That’s my boy!”. You can tell I am really proud of Noah. Though I’m not quite sure why. I guess I am glad that Noah can empathise and relate to a likeable character, albeit a TV celebrity. Perhaps, subconsciously I feel that this is a preview of how proud I will be when Noah grows up, finds a soulmate and marry her one day.
Before I got married, I used to shrug my shoulders whenever a parent regale his/her child’s milestones and achievements. But having a child of your own changes your perspective of things.
I mean, just imagine – when a baby is born, he/she is so fragile and dependable on the parent for everything; warmth, food, shelter. The baby cries, sleeps and poops, and not much else. Gradually, that defenceless little creature starts to crawl, walk, speak, eat the food you eat, and poops the poop you poop. Your child develops his/her own unique personality, starts rearing their cheeky side and their curiosity becomes unquenchable.
Days turn to weeks, and weeks turn to months and years. Suddenly, the strange looking, fragile creature which head-butted out of my wife is now a little man. An actual person! Your love for your child grows exponentially and there isn’t anything you would not do for him or her. Your heart aches when they’re unwell. Their happiness becomes your joy.
I never thought I would be more in love.
As parents celebrate their children’s milestones, they validate their child’s achievements and encourage the child to continue being curious and feel emboldened to explore the world, safe in the knowledge that their mums and dads have got their backs. As parents, we have the privilege of guiding our children through life, teaching them good from bad, and being awesome role models. A child is not born with prejudice nor hate. It is up to us to impart and continually demonstrate the right values to them.
So, yes. Like any other parent, we are extremely proud of Noah, and we will always be supportive of his choices in life.
Although I suspect that for the time being, my wife will reduce Noah’s screen time and hope he will eventually remember less of E!
Just kidding. Happy Valentine’s Day honey!
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