The following text thread transpired recently between a few friends:
Are you like sSn or have you heard of this concept called the Parenting Paycheck? If not, you’ll be glad you’ve been following The Gracious Posse to learn about it so you can spot it for yourself or a friend.
Since the time we became parents, our days turned into months and years of exhausting diaper changing, meal preparing, carpool driving, homework monitoring and curfew patrolling. Did you ever receive an unprompted thank you? We certainly didn’t get into parenting for the money or glamorous perks after all.
However, every once in a while when we least expect it, we receive a Parenting Paycheck out of the blue. Our heart swells when
- a friend tells you she ran into your son in the neighborhood market and he greeted her with a nice hello, smile and eye contact
- after a big meal that you have lovingly prepared, your grown daughter, home for a long weekend, cleans up the kitchen without a single nag on your part
- your daughter writes a thank-you note to her grandmother for her Christmas gift without prompting.
Parenting Paycheck is the perfect description for these moments when you find that the years of toil raising your offspring have indeed paid off. Often you need your posse to help you spot the reward. Thank you mEl for helping us recognize its priceless place in our lives.
April 7, 2016