My parents are two of the most amazing humans that I know. They are supportive, kind, caring and help me in more way than one. I don’t have many posts on my blog covering parenthood because I’m not a parent yet so I had this idea to interview my parents about being parents. I thought it would be interesting hearing their perspectives on parenting now that all of their children are grown up and are adults.
I always get people commenting on my parents skills and how amazing they are, so why not share their wise words and thoughts with the world. Be prepared that there for sure be some comedic responses to the 10 questions I have for them, because they like to think they’re funny!
This will be a two part series, with the first responses being from my dad. We won’t be sharing any personal information about my parents like their names or anything like that, but I hope you enjoy this post and find it helpful hearing a different parental perspective.
1. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BEING A PARENT?
Knowing that I’ve done a good job bringing my kids up and knowing that blesses me everyday. Also seeing you all develop into responsible young adults. I’m very proud of all of you and what you have done and your achievements.
2. DID YOU ALWAYS KNOW YOU WANTED KIDS?
Yes, as soon as I got married to your mom I said I just want children. I didn’t have in mind how many I wanted, I just knew I wanted children.
3. HOW HAS YOUR PARENTING STYLE CHANGED SINCE ALL OF YOUR CHILDREN HAVE GROWN UP?
My parenting has just evolved and changed as you have all grown up, you’re not so hands on. But also on the flip side, you all come to us for advice now. We’ve taken a step back from parenting because we can only lead you so far. We like to get involved in things that you’re doing but we don’t like to get too involved because you need to learn and make your own mistakes.
4. DO YOU HAVE ANY PARENTING REGRETS? IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY?
No, none at all. We can now see the fruits of our work in raising you all. Theres no handbook with being a parent, you do what you think is right.
5. WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU’VE FACED BEING A PARENT?
It’s knowing that you’re doing the right thing for your children, and trying to encourage you all to be individual and not follow the crowd.
6. HOW DID YOU FIND TIME FOR YOURSELF WHEN ALL OF YOUR CHILDREN WERE YOUNGER?
You don’t have time for yourself as a parent. The only time I found time was once a week when I used to go and play football with friends for an hour.
7. IS IT HARD WATCHING YOUR CHILDREN GROW AND LEAVE HOME?
Oh yes definitely, if you think about it you as children have been part of our lives for 25+ years. And then you go and you think well what do I do now. You sort of find out who you are once you’re all grown up and gone.
8. WHATS THE BEST PART OF BEING A GRAND-PARENT?
There is no baggage with them, it’s different when you have your own kids because its about focusing and looking after you. With grandchildren its more quality time with them. And you can give them back at the end of the day!
9. WHATS ONE PIECE OF PARENTING ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE TO ME FOR WHEN I HAVE CHILDREN?
Be yourself and don’t pretend to be anybody else and do what you thinks right.
10. WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHILD?
(laughing) All of you
If you’re a parent, what advice could you give to other people who are becoming parents or aren’t parents yet?
The next post will be my moms interview and I asked her the exact same questions, so it’ll be interesting to see if her thoughts are the same or different!