After becoming a parent, did you suddenly develop a newfound appreciation for your own parents? Did you feel extra thankful to them for everything that they’ve done for you in your life? Did it all start flooding over you, how much grief you caused them in grade 11 when you snuck out of the house/smoked cigarettes/yelled at them in the middle of the mall?
As you held your tiny wailing bundle of joy at four a.m., did you feel the need to immediately call your parents to thank them for all of the sleepless nights that they put in for you? I call this newfound appreciation for parents the Parent Appreciation Factor. I have a theory that it increases exponentially once you join the crazy, rewarding world of parenthood.
At first I thought it was just me, but then I asked around, and as it turns out, this is very common. You put so much time and effort into this little being and then you start to realize, hey wait a minute, my parents did this for me! And then you start to think about how much you love this little person, and you think, hey wait a minute, this is how much my parents love me! It might even make you a little weepy.
This increase in the Parent Appreciation Factor can also cause the following: overwhelming urge to spend as much time as possible with your parents; the need to share every single tiny (even gross) detail of your day with them; the need to shower them with spontaneous hugs; finding yourself gazing at them lovingly (until they are mildly uncomfortable) and much, much more.
Enjoy your parents, cherish them, appreciate them, listen to them, involve them and learn from what they have to say. Oh, and don’t forget to say thanks. They’ll totally get it; after all, they’re parents too.