Michelle Farnsworth
 

You know that moment when your child says or does something extremely embarrassing in public and you want to crawl into a hole and hide? Or how about those precious moments that happen only once-in-a-lifetime and you will remember it forever? That's what being a parent is all about. Here are a few of those moments from our Be Magazine readers that will make you smile and perhaps shed a tear.

Not so wonderful firsts

By April Robinson

As parents we all look forward to our children's firsts with excitement and unwavering eagerness. Who doesn't yearn for their child's first word, first steps, first prom date ... the list goes on and on. What we don't think about is the first sorrows or first sadness we must guide our children through. My first very sorrowful moment came on May 17, 2013, when my father-in-law passed away unexpectedly. Now staring me in the face was not only my own grief but how to break the news to my four gorgeous children that their beloved Papa was suddenly taken from their lives. Nothing has been harder in my life than trying to find the words to console my tender little souls in their grief. My favorite parenting moments have always come in the moments when my children actually teach me something about life. This time was no different, and what I learned is that the heart of a child is so pure and untainted that although this moment was terrible for them, they instantly found space to revel in Grandpa's wonderful legacy. How gracious they are. I hope some of that actually came from myself and my hubby, and, if not, I certainly hope some of it rubs off on us all.

Phone bill comes but once a...

By Tanya Fuher

Today, I forwarded a text message to my son that I had received from Verizon. The text stated that our bill was ready. He then asked me, "What's this for?" I replied it was his notice that his portion of the bill was due to me. He asked, "Didn't I just pay you two or three weeks ago?" I told him yes, but then I reminded him that it was due every month. He said ... "O." Funny how he wanted to pay for his part of the phone bill so I couldn't threaten to take it away from him. I laughed out loud when he realized that $50 is due every month and not just once a year.

Soaring through life

By Kathy Neurohr

My son, Isaac Ty Burgad, has cerebral palsy. He was born three months premature weighing in at a whopping 2 pounds 3 ounces. Though small in size, he's big in personality and determination. He has definitely exceeded all of our expectations both physically and personally.

One of my best memories was at his sixth grade graduation. He was walking with a walker because he had a major surgery a couple of months prior to straighten his gait. A couple of the teachers mentioned he had a surprise to share with all of us. He walks up in front of everyone and sings "I believe I can fly." There was not a dry eye in that gym.

That is his theme song for the way he has always lived his life.

Now, he's a 24-year-old man who lives in an apartment with a roommate (and 24-7 staff). He will have his five year anniversary as an employee of WalMart. He is so happy to be independent and soaring through life on his own special wings. He has taught us so much in life; we can over come anything will the right attitude.

What my children have taught me

By Amy Flicek

1. There is good television on at 3 a.m. ...whether you are watching while nursing your baby, rocking a sick child or waiting for your curfew-missing teenage driver to come home.

2. Like it or not, fair or unfair, rules for your daughter WILL be different than the rules for your sons, as will your rules for your first born compared to your last born.

3. A mother absolutely can want to smack a child upside the head while hugging and loving them to death -- simultaneously.

4. Babies and toddlers are work -- exhausting work -- but I would take back those years in a heartbeat compared to the worry of the teenage years. Little kids, little worries ... big kids, big worries.

5. Your hopes and dreams for your children are just that -- they are yours. Appreciate and encourage the hopes and dreams your children have for themselves. They are their own individual people, not cookie cutters of you.

6. NO is not a bad word, neither is YES. Use them both, in balance. 7. Choose your battles. No harm will come to your children for having purple or green hair, dressing themselves in all their favorite things that do not match, wearing winter boots in 90 degree heat, wearing pajamas for clothing three days straight or dessert before supper once in a while. You will look back one day and smile at those memories.

8. You have to be able to admit when you are wrong.

9. Laugh with your children and at yourself.

10. There is no such thing as too many hugs or saying "I love you" too many times.