It's a long road to Appreciation

Monday, January 26, 2009
I just read that children don't fully appreciate their parents until they are about 22 years old. Yes, according to psychologists, this is true. So, they're telling me that I've got to go through another 19 years of painstakingly difficult parenting to be fully appreciated by my daughters?

Apparently, 22 is the magic age at which most have graduated from college and have begun working or are struggling to find a job. It is at this age that most children are able to fully understand the sacrifices and acknowledge the emotional and financial commitments that their parents have made for them.

Yes, we will be appreciated for isolated incidents...taking them somewhere they "just have to go", buying them something they "just have to have" but in the end, the full spectrum of appreciation won't come until they are 22. So, until then, I will continue to do everything I can for my children, give them more than I had, show them how much I love them. And I'll wait ever so patiently for 19 years to get it all back from them!

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