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#21

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN AS A PARENT:

That every thing you do impacts your child. Every look you give, every word you speak, everything impacts your child. They are there watching you, all the time.

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY AS A PARENT:

I would have really thought through my decision not to stay with their father. Was I that unhappy that I couldn’t handle the marriage. Now that I see the impact our divorce had on her, I don’t know.

WHAT YOU ARE THANKFUL YOU MADE SURE TO DO AS A PARENT:

Express my love to them daily. Talking through problems.

#22

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN AS A PARENT:

I wish I would have known that for the rest of the world, life goes on.

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY AS A PARENT:

I wish I would had the foresight to not let him go out and play in the snow that day…

WHAT YOU ARE THANKFUL YOU MADE SURE TO DO AS A PARENT:

Hugs, lots of hugs.

#23

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN AS A PARENT:

I wish I would have known that Doctors aren’t always right. Trust your instincts!

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY AS A PARENT:

Been more patient and playful! I missed out on so much!

WHAT YOU ARE THANKFUL YOU MADE SURE TO DO AS A PARENT:

I was/ am always there for them… without judgement! I love unconditionally!!

#24

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN AS A PARENT:

That time passes so quickly and what you think is important and what is REALLY important are two different things.

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY AS A PARENT:

I wish I had spent more time listening and recording (written, audio, video) my son at each stage of his life.

WHAT YOU ARE THANKFUL YOU MADE SURE TO DO AS A PARENT:

I am thankful that my son knew how much I loved him.


#25

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN AS A PARENT:

That the whole world around you stops for you when you lose your child but that it also starts spinning again long before you are ready.

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY AS A PARENT:

Let him have more of the foods he enjoyed. I was always so anal about what I fed him. He died never truly enjoying food the way we all should. Maybe that’s silly, but it’s my biggest regret.

WHAT YOU ARE THANKFUL YOU MADE SURE TO DO AS A PARENT:

We wrestled a lot, until the day he died.

#26

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN AS A PARENT:

I wish I had known that you can’t die from heartbreak, but you may want to. Life goes on and so does love.

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY AS A PARENT:

I wish I had been more patient and realized that they needed to find things out for themselves instead of always trying to protect them.

WHAT YOU ARE THANKFUL YOU MADE SURE TO DO AS A PARENT:

I always said I love you before they left to go anywhere, before they went to sleep and before we hung up the phone. Those were my last words to my daughter before her accident.

#27

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN AS A PARENT:

I wish I would have known that the more I tried to fight her drug use the more I was pushing her into it.

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY AS A PARENT:

I would have trusted her more to be strong and make good choices on her own.

WHAT YOU ARE THANKFUL YOU MADE SURE TO DO AS A PARENT:

We saw so much of the world together.



#28

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN AS A PARENT:

I wish I would have had a chance to really know her.

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY AS A PARENT:

To accept right off the bat that none of it was my fault.

WHAT YOU ARE THANKFUL YOU MADE SURE TO DO AS A PARENT:

I’m thankful I was able to seek out support. I was and still am conscious to not compare what my daughter that might have been to my currently living children.

#29

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN AS A PARENT:

I wish I would have known I wouldn’t have the time to make up for not being a better mom.

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY AS A PARENT:

I wish I would have listened more to what she really had to say.

WHAT YOU ARE THANKFUL YOU MADE SURE TO DO AS A PARENT:

Thankful I always hugged and kissed her no matter what and taught her to be kind.

#30

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN AS A PARENT:

I wish I would have known how much little time I had left. I would have done things so differently.

WHAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY AS A PARENT:

I would have built things with my son. Projects, legos, rockets, stuff like that. We never did that kind of stuff, just always planned to “soon”.

WHAT YOU ARE THANKFUL YOU MADE SURE TO DO AS A PARENT:

When he was little, we went on bike rides almost every evening. God I’d give anything to go on another one.

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