The Daily Groove

No Regrets

As you progress and become a wiser parent, you may at times feel regret that you didn't "know better" when your children were younger. You may even feel guilty for "damaging" them. If so, let Mother Nature inspire you to a more hopeful perspective.

Have you ever explored a wild forest and appreciated the awesome way in which Life springs forth from the chaos? Then you know Mother Nature never regrets. She learns as she goes and always makes the best of things as they are. She never looks back.

When a tree takes root in the shadows, Mother Nature doesn't regret giving it a "sub-optimum" start in life. She trusts it will bend toward the Light and find a way to thrive. And in doing so, the tree creates its own unique beauty.

She knows that no storm, flood, or fire can stop the endless Flow of Life through her children.

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Re: No Regrets

When Annalise was first born, I didn't practice all the attachment parenting rules to a T. Some just didn't work for us. At first, I started to have regrets. I used to say that if I ever have another child, I swore I would follow attachment parenting as strait as a line with the next baby. I was convinced that the online mommies were right and that my daughter would be screwed for life. However, I have no more regrets. My daughter is now almost 2, and she is so sweet and happy. When we're out in public, I get so many people stopping us because Annalise is captivating them with her smile and her flirting. One time, I was pushing her down the sidewalk in a stroller, and an older woman in her 50's was coming the other way. She stopped to talk with Annalise a little, and Annalise was flirting up a storm with her. The woman told me, "I have been so depressed lately, and this little one just made my day." I'm so proud of my little girl. I don't even believe that she has a bent stem.