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The Four Be's of Parenting (@KerryKarlKSK)

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Parenting is a journey. Every step of the way you learn something new. Over the 3+ years of being a parent myself, I've had a lot of time to reflect on just what it means to raise a child. Here's a look at four lessons I've learned.

Kerry Karl is an entrepreneur, science fan, and recent mommy based out of Daytona Beach, FL.

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The Four Be's of Parenting (@KerryKarlKSK)

  1. 1. be's parenting the four K E R R Y K A R L K E R R Y K A R L . N E T of
  2. 2. It’s crazy to think about, but I’ve now been a parent for nearly 3 years! It seems like yesterday that Emmy was taking her first steps. Over that time I’ve experienced my fair share of struggles, frustrations, miracles, and of course perfectly proud parent moments. I know my husband has, as well. Needless to say, it’s definitely been a journey. Here are four lessons I’ve learned throughout it.
  3. 3. Be Grateful Being a parent is such a wonderful gift. You get to take care of this little person. You are the world to them and they soon become the world to you. In my case, I get to look at Emily and think “oh my god! this beautiful girl came from me!” Even if you’re not the birth parent of your child you get to still share the same sense of “oh my god! this beautiful child is more or less growing because of me!”
  4. 4. It’s such a privilege to be able to take care of another being that trusts you so completely, and to learn along side it. It’s a rare and beautiful thing.
  5. 5. Be Patient Ever since I was little I’ve been told that patience is a virtue. I’ve since gone on to several financial endeavors, have launched my own company, have found a wonderful partner and I’m now happily married, and through all of that, never has patience been more of a virtue than during my time as a parent.
  6. 6. It’s tough, because on the one hand, you want your child to be a grown adult and to be self-sufficient, yet on the other hand you enjoy caring for her and you still want to continue doing so. Which leads to my next point…
  7. 7. Whenever I find myself frustrated with Emmy, I take a second to breathe and enjoy what I have in all of its ephemeral glory. Enjoy your kid when she’s making messes as a baby, enjoy her constant barrage of questions when she becomes a toddler, enjoy her angstiness when she becomes a teen. Your child growing up only happens once (assuming a linear theory of time). Be Present
  8. 8. It’s such a privilege to be able to take care of another being that trusts you so completely, and to learn along side it. It’s a rare and beautiful thing.
  9. 9. Just Be Along the lines of being present. It’s easy to get bogged down in all of the parenting advice books, blogs, podcasts, etc. out there. Don’t get me wrong: it’s great to know that I’m part of a larger parenting community. It’s good to know that there are people I can connect with if I’m going through a particularly rough spot. But there is such a thing as too much information.
  10. 10. Rather than constantly defer to advice from others, I’ve found it deeply rewarding to take time to learn from my own activities. Taking note, for instance, of when I’m not being patient, present, or grateful.
  11. 11. Over the near 3 years of being a mother to Emmy, I’ve learned a lot. My husband definitely deserves his fair share of thanks. He’s been a great father and has taught me a lot. This is not to say that I’m done learning. I know I still have a long way to go. Constantly discovering new ways of looking at your child and in the turn the world is one of the wonders of being a parent.
  12. 12. KerryKarl.net For more, visit or follow me @KerryKarlKSK

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