8 Things Children Of Firefighters Can All Relate To, Too Well

8 Things Children Of Firefighters Can All Relate To, Too Well

8. You love the reaction you get when you say your parent is a firefighter

1. Visiting the firehouse for a school field trip isn’t that big of a deal

For most kids, one of the most exciting field trips in elementary school is the day you get to walk to the local firehouse. However, if your parent sleeps there every third night, you’ll end up spending a pretty decent amount of time there. All the other kids get so excited to sit in the firetrucks and see the inside of an ambulance but that is old news to you. Been there, done that.

2. If your school fire alarm ever went off, you would hope your parents station would be the one that came

Whenever the fire alarm at school would go off you’re first thought would ALWAYS be which station would be coming, and if you would see anyone you know. As the firetrucks pulled into the parking lot, you would check the number on the side of the truck and think if you knew any firefighters at the station. You would also always wish you wore a sweatshirt with your last name on it in hopes of another firefighter recognizing you.

3. You get used to planning events around their weird work schedule

Because firefighters have such a different schedule than any other job you learn to work with it. Sometimes that means celebrating holidays a day early or getting up extra early on Christmas morning to open gifts before your dad has to leave for work. On special days you typically have to stop at the firehouse to see them.

4. You get confused if three days go by and your parent has spent every night at home

Don’t get me wrong, I love when my dad gets a vacation day but its always weird having him around for more than two full days at a time. Typically, the only time that happens is when your family actually goes on vacation.

5. It was totally normal to see a firetruck pull up to your sporting events

Just because your parent is on duty does not mean that they are willing to miss a sporting event. It never phased you or any of your teammates to see a firetruck and a squad of firefighters come to your games. However, it was always funny seeing the confused look of the other team, because they never knew why so many firemen showed up

6. Every time you see a firetruck or ambulance in your town you check to see if you know the driver

Even if you know it wont be your parent, but there is a very high chance its your parents friend. Although they wont see you, its still exciting and in a weird way, rewarding when you know the person behind the wheel.

7. You constantly get asked if you get worried when your parent is on duty

For some reason the answer is no. Although everyone is aware that this is a very dangerous job, I don’t worry. For children of firefighters, it is just simply an occupation. Since before I can remember it was normal for my dad to put on his uniform and go to work. I am used to him leaving for work in the morning and coming home the following day, so the thought of danger has never phased the kids.

8. You love the reaction you get when you say your parent is a firefighter

Everyone always seems to think it is the coolest thing in the world to know a firefighter. When people seem amazed at the job your parent holds, it makes you proud to be able to have such an important figure as your parent.

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Your Success Is Not Your Own

It's time to admit you aren't alone in this thing we call life.

I have a challenge for you.

First, sit down and take a minute to think about everything your parents have done for you throughout your life. Think about every dinner they ever made for you, and every dinner you made for yourself with the food they bought and stocked your home with. Think about every extra curricular activity they showed up for, and everyone they had to miss to help pay for your equipment for that activity. Think about the times that you were sick and they provided you with medicine and a warm bed to get better, or took you to the doctor when you weren’t getting better. Think about the homework assignments that they spent hours helping you with, and the ones they helped you with in 30 seconds just by answering a single question. Think about the money they gave you for lunches, the lunches they packed for you, and the food they provided so that you could pack your own lunches. Think about the times you called them because you forgot your gym clothes and they brought them into school for you so that you wouldn’t get a zero for participation, and think about the times they couldn’t bring the clothes in for you because they were at work, striving to earn enough to buy you those gym clothes in the first place. Think about those times when you fought with them and told them that you hated them, and remember that they kept on loving you anyway.

For everything your parents did for you when you were little there are a million ways they have helped you in your adult life. Whether you think that your parents have nothing to do with the success you’ve achieved or you attribute every accomplished milestone to their influence in your life it’s important to remember that you wouldn’t be where you are, or who you are, today without them.

Now that you’ve thought about a few ways that your parents have influenced your past and helped mold you into your present self, I’d like you to think about the ways they are still currently influencing you. What are your parents still doing for you that is significantly improving your daily life? Are they providing you with a place to live while you finish out school or find a job that you can support yourself on? Are they inviting you to their social gatherings and introducing you to their network to help you grow your own? Are they giving you advice on what to do about the newest problem you’re encountering? Are they offering free babysitting so that your paycheck can go towards supporting your own family in other ways? Are they providing you with the kind of unconditional emotional support that only a parent can? Are they answering the phone (or calling you back) and answering the questions you’re asking with the answers you need to hear? Are they offering to help even while you’re pushing them away?

If your parents are still in your life, you aren’t doing life on your own. Like a tree, you may grow and flourish and branch out and blossom, but you wouldn’t be standing today if it weren’t for your roots.

Are you ready for your challenge? - Get up, call your parents, and thank them... for everything.

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6 Things My Mom Needs To Hear More Than She Would Ever Admit

She is a freaking superhero.

1. You are the best Mom in the world.

No Mom compares to you! You have taught strength, courage, kindness, and knowledge. But you have given us something that can't be taught...unconditional love.

2. You raised amazing children.

There are 5 of us, and we are all unique in our own ways. You have taught us to be ourselves and be amazing people. We love and cherish everything in life, as you have taught us.

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When I talk about you, all of my friends have said "wow, you have the cool Mom".

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Over the years, you have given up sleep, nights out, and your sanity for us kids.

5. It's your time.

All our lives you have been striving to give us everything that we could want and more. Now, it is your time to shine. It is your time to live your life. Maybe worry about us here and there, but your time is now, enjoy it!

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I love you more. Someday, I hope to be half the Mom that you are.

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