Why Being Supportive Is The Best Thing A Parent Can Be

Why Being Supportive Is The Best Thing A Parent Can Be

And why it shapes children into the best versions of themselves
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I feel as though support from parents is underrated. Even in today's society, children are still terrified to come out to their parents, pursue their passion because of what they might think and stray into areas of life that their parents wouldn't have. It is rare for me to appreciate the support that I have to it's full extent, simply because it's something that has always been there. I can't imagine a life without supportive parents.

Growing up in today's society is scary. As a college kid trying to figure out who you are and where you belong in life, becoming overwhelmed seems like a complete understatement. With an endless amount of clubs, organizations and classes, finding your place seems like an almost impossible task. The only way I figured out who I am was because of my parents.

Life is about trying new things, and who can do that without support? If a parent isn't supportive, then they have nothing. With support comes honesty, loyalty and commitment to help your child be the best version of themselves. Even if that child turns out to be a different person than they had imagined, a parent should be there for them no matter what.

I have several friends who are terrified to tell their parents who they truly are, because they are too scared of what they'd say. This isn't a parent I want to be like.

Whether it was acting on a stage, studying journalism or volunteering in Thailand, my parents were there cheering me on and continue to be. Because of the support that enabled me to experience everything I have, it has molded me into the best person I can be, and for that, thank you will never seem enough.

I am now engulfed with better confidence and self esteem than I have ever had in my life. I am majoring in a passion that I am aware will not pay very much money, but something my parents know I have always enjoyed. I am traveling to a country on the other side of the world, but somewhere my parents know I will gain life changing memories from. It seems as though the support I receive from my parents throughout every single day goes unnoticed. Yet, looking back on the how I got to where I am, it is because of that support and guidance that helped me. Time and again, I am reminded of the fact that my parents love me for whoever I now and whoever I end up to be.

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Dear Mom, I Hope You Know

I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.
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Dear Mom,

I hope you know that I appreciate you.

You are the hardest working woman I know, continuously putting your family before yourself. Thank you for doing all of the tedious jobs that no one wants to do like keeping the house in order, cooking the food, and doing the laundry. Thank you for constantly putting up with my siblings and I. Thank you for always supporting us in our interests and hobbies. Thank you for investing in our daily lives and listening to our minor problems. Thank you for always loving us unconditionally.

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I hope you know I'm sorry.

I know I can be a big pain in the butt sometimes, and for that I'm sorry. I'm sorry for yelling at you, arguing with you, not listening to you, and making dumb decisions at times, but thank you for loving me anyways. Thank you for helping me stand back up, teaching me right from wrong, and pushing me to be the very best version of me.

I hope you know your love inspires me.

You live your life with a love that is contagious. Whether its nurturing love, tough love, friendly love, or romantic love, you have it all and you show it daily. The love you and Dad share is something I hope to find one day and the love you have for your family is evident in the way you constantly put us first.

I hope you know that you are my biggest role model and hero.

Ever since I was a little girl, you have been the person I have looked to in my life. You are strong, independent, confident, loving, supportive, and nurturing-- everything I strive to be as a woman and as a future mother. You give the best advice, even when I don't always take it. Though, I should know better by now because mothers always know best. Without you in my life, I honestly don't know where I'd be.

I hope you know that you are my best friend.

Not only are you my biggest cheerleader supporting me in everything I do, you are the person I talk to about everything, whether it's good or bad. I'm honestly so thankful for the relationship we share because I've had countless screwups and you literally give the best advice. Seriously, thank you for being the person I can count on at all times, at any time of the day or even night to just talk with. I mean we really do have some of the best conversations, best laughs, best cries (when needed), and the most fun watching cheesy chick flicks together or going on crazy shopping adventures.

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I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.

I don't mean to make you cry or anything -- even though you probably already are, but I want you to know that when the time comes, I'm going to be there for you just like all of these years you've been here for me. I will be there to support you, talk with you, laugh with you, cry with you, and love you for all of my life.

Honestly, I can't really imagine my life without you -- but it doesn't matter because I wouldn't be here without you, so here's to you.

Thank you for being you.

Love you lots!

Your daughter.

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To The Step Parents Who Stepped Up

Thank you for loving me like your own.

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We have passed Thanksgiving, a time of being thankful for everyone around you, but it is still the holiday season so writing something to thank two very special people in my life seemed necessary.

Growing up you always expect this life with two parents, one home and a golden retriever or something…that is the "perfect life"…right? After thinking that and then realizing that was not true through my parent's divorce I did not know what to expect. When I turned fourteen both my parents got remarried, did I expect that? Absolutely not. Was it one of the best things to ever happen? Absolutely.

Step parents always get this bad reputation, they are controlling or do not like you, they are want to be parents or want you out of the picture. When both my step parents came into my life I realized very quickly that neither or they wanted anything like that, in fact, all they wanted was to make my parents happy. After seeing the happiness they brought my parents how could I resent these people? They never did anything to me, if anything they just made my life easier.

I will start with thank you's to both of them.

To my stepdad, thank you for loving my mom the way you do. Thank you for listening to me and helping me through school and growing up. Thank you for helping me when I backed into the garage door, and when mom was getting on my nerves. Thank you for singing and dancing with me and making me laugh whenever you could. Thank you for attending all my school events. Thank you for acknowledging that my dad is a huge part of my life and not trying to take his place. Thank you for making fun of me, buying me great Christmas gifts and being someone who loves me. But most importantly thank you for taking me in and treating me like your own, when in reality you really never had to.

To my stepmom, thank you for loving my dad the way you do. Thank you for listening to my rants and talking makeup and clothes with me. Thank you for helping me buy gifts for dad, or choosing what eyeshadow to buy. Thank you for going on any adventure Dad and I dragged you on and taking all those pictures (you take a lot). Thank you for acknowledging my mom is a big part of my life and not attempting to take her place. Thank you for cooking my favorite meals when I came over, checking in daily no matter what was going on, and making sure everything was okay. And of course, as I stated above, thank you for taking me in when you never had to and treating me like your own.

Moving forward I do not tell you two enough but you mean the world to me.

You guys have made me realize that stepparents are not always bad people, you have made me realize that the more people who love you the better and you guys have shown me that just because I am not your blood never made me less important. You guys have been such vital parts of my upbringing and have become such vital parts of my life. I want you both to know you are appreciated more than you know, loved more than you know, and bigger parts of my life than you will ever know.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for being the step parents who stepped up.

Love,

The kid you made feel like your own

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