I was reading another blogger's blog and the responses to her question: What is your biggest accomplishment? Many people said their children were their biggest accomplishment. I'm not feeling that.
Don't get me wrong, my kiddos are wonderful and special and precious. But they are not my accomplishments. The Bible tells us to "train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he shall not depart from it." We aren't there yet. We are in the training up stage. At ages 5 and 2, we have a long way to go before we can declare our kiddos accomplished.
I also have some issues with referring to another person as your accomplishment. What sort of pressure does that put on a child? And what does that do to your psyche if your kid is a complete incomp? Do you crawl into a ball, and label yourself a failure? If your kid is a superstar, is that YOUR accomplishment, or your child's for the hard work THEY put in??
I love my children and I am proud of them - except when I have to justify their behavior by telling people they missed their nap. Our goal is to raise our children to be healthy, well-adjusted individuals who are confident and successful in what they love and in love.