You know having a family is not an easy thing to do in this day and age. There can be a lot of associated stress and it takes a lot of work. In our household we have three main rules that drive the success and happiness of our family:
- Respect Each Other
- Honesty is a must
- Love ourselves and each other
When the four of us follow these rules our family is unstoppable.
When Tracy and I found out that we were expecting we were both scared but super excited. Here we are adding to our family, at 35. Emma was 10 at the time and we were enjoying seeing her grow and prosper. Being a step-dad to Emm is very important to me and I was wanting to do the best job that I could as her step-dad. When Tracy told me that we are expecting I was so happy, but in the back of my head I wondered how this would impact the relationship between Emma and I. I treated (and still treat) Emma as my own daughter, but I was feeling that she might not be entirely comfortable with this. Now with a little brother or sister on the way, how would she react?
Fast forward 8 months and Elias was born and everything just seemed to get even better. Tracy is an amazing mom, Emma is an awesome big sister and Elias, well Elias is the love of my life. I love my family for so many reasons. We all bring different things to the table and I truly believe that at the end of the day we do respect each other, are honest with each other and love each other.
When Tracy and I started discussing ideas for this blog, we wanted to create something that shared our experience in life together that would in fact become a digital diary for our kids that someday they would read and enjoy. We also want to share parenting experiences for other thirty something parents out there.
In our house, we seem to have a pretty good recipe for success with the main ingredients being respect, honesty and love. Try these ingredients with your family. I bet you’ll notice a positive difference in no time.