Children are not possessions.
Children are not accessories.
Children are not relationship band aids.
They are tiny people with the same amount of feelings as an adult.
But with less capacity to process, express and healthily contain those feelings when necessary.
Be kind to them.
I was just thinking about this the other day. We often look back at the choices we made and wonder how we didn’t know better and the simple answer was that we didn’t. Parents look to children and wonder why they don’t act a certain way. We forget children are inexperience packed in the same emotional turmoil. We can’t expect them to know and act how we wish. We certainly didn’t know everything back then and we still don’t now.