2) Of all the people in your life, no one can or will hurt you the way your kids do and will.
3) When you are on your last ounce of hope, no one will bring you back from the edge by just walking into the room like your kids can.
4) The less you expect from your kids, the happier your life will be. Everything they do is so much more special if you weren't expecting it.
5) Understand that your children will never know YOU as well as YOU know THEM. Then accept that that is okay.
6) When you encourage your kids to grow up independently, knowing their own mind, making their own decisions and living with the consequences, you are also teaching them not to need you. That isn't always a good thing. Sometimes it is a good thing.
7) Of all the people in your life, no one can make you happier and no one will make you happier than your kids.
8) When you find yourself aging, just a bit, some things become just too difficult to do alone. Call your kids, but understand they also have lives and probably can't come right now.
9) When they call you, drop what you are doing, they may not call next time. If they Do need you, go now.
10) When you think of all the things you have done in your lifetime, everything, if being a parent is the best thing you can remember doing, you have done your best. That is all you can expect from yourself and all the kids can expect from you.
11) When your kids make time for you, appreciate it, enjoy it, relish it and never punish them for not doing it more often. They are busy and have made time to be with you because they wanted to. Appreciate that.
12) When your grown children give you grandchildren do all the things you wish you had done with your own kids PLUS all the things you did do with your own kids. Just leave the parenting to your kids. Grandparenting is a lot more fun.
13) When your grown adult children disappoint you, keep it to yourself and find the silver lining, there always is one. Always.
14) If your grown children do something extraordinarily nice for you, hug them, kiss them, thank them and then thank God for giving you such thoughtful and loving children.
15) If you forget any of these, forgive yourself because you are human. You can hurt sometimes and burst with pride sometimes but you can never stop loving your children, even if they aren't so lovable all the time. Maybe you aren't either.
16) No matter what happens in your life, be thankful you are above the grass another day and that God gave you someone to love forever.
Hey call your kid, give 'em a hug, even if it has to be a virtual one and know how blessed you are.
AND if by chance you ARE the child, keep these things in mind and make time to get to know your parents and make time for them, a little bit anyway.