Being a parent brings with it a mix of ups and downs; some wonderful moments and some times that really challenge you. Life changes in many ways the moment that your child is handed over to you and you lock eyes with your new little person. Your priorities shift, and some things that were once important, no longer feel that way anymore.
As children get older the challenges change, as does your relationship with them.
The parenting bond. Image: Morguefile
What for you is the best thing about being a parent?
There are so many cool things about being a parent, and for me one of the great joys of parenthood has been experiencing the world afresh through their eyes. There are so many things that kids find joy in that I'd totally forgotten or taken for granted, and I have a new respect for the simple things in life that bring happiness. Shared fun, and family moments are the best things.
One of my favourite things is coming home and seeing my children's faces, they literally just light up when they see me, and it makes me want to rush home that bit earlier. Too many things to name about how good parenting is.