"perfect parents": what are their best features?
We all know that parents are not perfect. I really do strive to parent to the best of my ability, but there are times I do yell and scream, and sometimes I do the grip and shake. This weekend, there was another family visiting with us, and I admire them so much. These two parents are each working full-time, each in their own separate careers in social justice and nonprofit work. They are passionate about their work. Add to that, they have three children, one of whom shares a home with his other parent. Add to that still, they have an immense social network, and they are found almost any given night canvassing the community, facilitating community conversations, outreaching in parts of the city where information is least likely to touch, phone-banking. It amazes me to track them each on Facebook and hear about the issues, groups, and causes they actively support. I am so thankful for this couple - despite being parents with three children aged 2 to 10- they are able to support one another in their various endeavors to allow them to be such meaningful, vital members of our Portland community at large.
I know there are no "perfect parents", but there are parents out there that we admire, respect, and want to embody, all to the fullest. We all have our own priorities and will admire, respect, and want to embody different qualities in other parents. In the bath this morning, I thought to myself, what do I respect most in other parents? What qualities would I love to embody as a parent?