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Saturday, 22 April 2017


Most parents sacrifice. They surrender or give up something (time, money, effort) in order to benefit their children. One mom I know is doing without material things in order to fly to her home country to set up an internship for her son. She also provides tutoring for all of his college courses at her own expense. To my knowledge she is not financially flush. She doesn't own her own home and only works part-time. She and her husband are often separated by thousands of miles as they strive to give their children a better life in Canada.

My husband and I spent thousands of dollars on our son so he could receive educational therapy after a major concussion affected his cognitive functions. We spent thousands on private school education when our children were younger. We set aside thousands more to help finance our children's post-secondary education. It's not enough to pay for all of it, but still it is a sacrifice when we have our own future retirement to support and consider. The day will creep up on us soon enough.

Are our sacrifices appreciated? At this stage it is hard to know. No one really understands all that a parent gives up until they too are in this same position. In the meantime we recognize that this is what our parents did for us, and what we hope our children will do for their offspring should they be so blessed.
Our parents deserve our honor and respect for giving us life itself. Beyond this they almost always made countless sacrifices as they cared for and nurtured us through our infancy and childhood, provided us with the necessities of life, and nursed us through physical illnesses and the emotional stresses of growing up. ~Ezra Taft Bens
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  1. It's safer not to add it all up, isn't it!?! Sacrifice and parenthood definitely go hand in hand.

    1. Yes, when you add it all up, the numbers are scary!

  2. One of the things Richard and I did NOT do was pay for our son's college education. We both agreed that we would offer him support in ways that we could (groceries, rent now and then, car payments occasionally) but we wanted him to pay his own way through college. We wanted him to appreciate the education he was going to get!

    1. I paid for my own education and definitely appreciated the accomplishment achieved. I think it's a bit harder these days for students to finance it entirely themselves - though not impossible. They should certainly be encouraged (or 'forced') to contribute a good portion of their own money if an education is something they truly want to obtain. And let's face it, "if you think education is expensive, try ignorance!" (quote attributed to Robert Orben)


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