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28 Jan, 2010

Please finish this sentence:

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Please finish this sentence

I’m a great parent because …

24 Responses to "Please finish this sentence:"

1 | andrea

January 28th, 2010 at 8:46 am


… there is never a shortage of hugs while I’m around.

2 | Stefania (formerly The Veg Next Door)

January 28th, 2010 at 8:55 am


…I make dinner at dinner time. (this is according to The Pea)

3 | Tiana

January 28th, 2010 at 9:44 am


… I make every waking moment as fun as possible.

4 | Meghan

January 28th, 2010 at 9:57 am


I let my kids call their friends and arrange their own social lives.

5 | Rae

January 28th, 2010 at 10:26 am


I make them do their homework and play outside with their friends.

6 | Christine LaRocque

January 28th, 2010 at 10:57 am


I think carefully about how my actions affect my children and what kind of example I’m setting.

7 | spydergrrl

January 28th, 2010 at 12:24 pm


learned from the best.

8 | Amy @ Muddy Boots

January 28th, 2010 at 12:26 pm


I know my kids better than anyone else does.

9 | Ginger

January 28th, 2010 at 12:32 pm


…my boys prefer me over everyone else.

10 | Stefania (Ingredients for Life)

January 28th, 2010 at 1:13 pm


I want to add another one…

…I can fix things.

11 | Carrie C

January 28th, 2010 at 1:27 pm


because my daughter tells me “You’re my best sweetheart in the clouds”

(this is her version of what I tell her, which is that my love for her is bigger than the sky)

12 | carolb

January 28th, 2010 at 2:31 pm


I give my daughter time

13 | Vivian

January 28th, 2010 at 3:31 pm


I willingly apologize when I’ve screwed up.

14 | mrsgryphon

January 28th, 2010 at 3:33 pm


… because I listen to what my children are trying to tell me through words and actions, answer questions honestly and try desperately not to repeat my mistakes.

15 | Caroline

January 28th, 2010 at 5:46 pm


because I love my kids unconditionally.

16 | Finola

January 28th, 2010 at 6:48 pm


Because I love them more than they will ever be able to understand, at least until they have children of their own.

17 | KJT

January 28th, 2010 at 8:17 pm


I was open, honest and encouraged my daughter to explore independance when she was growing up; I let her sign up for an adult library card as soon as the library would permit it; I gave her a bus pass at age 12 and she felt like she had the keys to the city; I showed her that I had complete confidence in her ability to behave responsibly.

18 | coffeewithjulie

January 29th, 2010 at 7:36 am


it was a force beyond my control.

19 | Binky

January 29th, 2010 at 12:26 pm


…because I often ask myself if I’m a good parent who is doing the best he can, for his kids.

20 | Redheadedmama

January 29th, 2010 at 3:47 pm


I recognize her for who she is and I help her to be the best person she can be.

21 | brenda

January 29th, 2010 at 11:37 pm


I have great kids!

22 | Tali

January 30th, 2010 at 3:14 pm


Because I let them just do nothing.
Because I let them be independent (if that’s what they want).
Because I treat them like people.

23 | Natalie @YMCBuzz

January 30th, 2010 at 7:16 pm


my kids have a safe place where they’re always accepted.

24 | Bob

February 8th, 2011 at 10:03 am


i please my children in more then one way… ;)

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