One of the most popular words in Western culture today is “adulting,” which simply means grown-up, responsible behavior. Recently, a young mother confided that a few years ago, when her first son was just a baby, she and her husband secured tickets to an amusement park. As they made their way through the park, they realized that they could not go on most of the rides with an infant. As they looked longingly at one of the thriller rides, a woman standing next to them offered to watch their baby if they would like to take the ride. Although she was a total stranger, she assured them that she was a teacher, loved children, and that their son would be perfectly safe with her. The couple jumped on the ride, and just as it was gearing up, the young couple suddenly realized what they had just done. They left their baby, her purse, and all of their belongings with a total stranger! For the next four minutes, the thriller ride became a nightmare. Fortunately, as they exited the platform, the woman was still there, smiling, with the baby asleep, and their belongings safe. They thanked the lady, but for the rest of the day they were shaken as they realized what could have happened. That day, the word “adulting” became a vital part of their vocabulary.
Adulting includes putting the needs of your children and family first and making sacrifices for their safety and wellbeing. The parties, all-night gaming, and countless boxes of pizza give way to diapers, school projects, and balanced, nutritional meals. Before long, your children will be in their teens and able to ride the Cobra Roll Roller Coaster with you. But until then, settle for the Ladybug Tea Cups.
Vicki and her husband Terry are the parents of eight children and were named Colorado Parents of the Year and Family of the Year, 2001. Vicki is the author of two books, many articles, former talk show host, and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. To get your parenting questions answered, write to Vicki at firstname.lastname@example.org.