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  1. Joe
    September 21, 2014 @ 8:44 am

    Haven’t seen a good “Heidi” post in a bit. Great post.

  2. susanhomeschooling
    September 23, 2014 @ 11:52 am

    I am actually scared to death of my children entering the teen years, and I can only hope to let my kids know that my love for them will always be there. #laughlearnlinkup

  3. Michelle Cannon
    September 23, 2014 @ 11:57 am

    Great post, Heidi! It’s always good to inspect our hearts, intentions and words, isn’t it? You’re a very thoughtful person. I like that. 😀

    Thanks for joining the #laughlearnlinkup!

  4. Heidi
    September 23, 2014 @ 12:20 pm

    Susan, I am still terrified! It was so much easier when you could contain them in a car seat or pack n play! Now I do my best, hold my breath, and pray they turn out alright! But above all I want them to know in their heart of hearts that they are loved by me, more than the fights, rules, and sometimes yelling, I want them to feel loved.

  5. Heidi
    September 23, 2014 @ 12:22 pm

    Michelle, thank you for your kind words. While I am kind of rigid and hot headed at times, I am also (or at least I try to be) intentional with my thoughts, actions, and words. I know that I have to be the parent first, and sometimes that isn’t always pretty or easy, but I hope to be a loving parent overall. <3

  6. Adrienne Bolton (@TheMommyMess)
    September 26, 2014 @ 8:01 am

    Oh I hear that same phrase from my childhood and I don’t want to be that parent. It’s so hard to break away from what we learned and give our kids what they need. Parenting is no joke! I’m learning a few tough parenting lessons this week myself. You are not alone!

  7. Heidi
    September 26, 2014 @ 8:51 am

    Yes Adrienne, I think wanting to be “better” than our parents is a natural human instinct. We are all different and even with the best parents have things we want to do differently. It is tough “in the heat of the moment” sometimes to keep my head and stay the course with the things I WANT to portray and do vs. what seems to happen.

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