Your wishlist has changed a bit since your kids came along. It's not too late to let Santa know what you really want for Christmas this year...1. A hot cup of coffee with a side of quiet.
Christmas–no matter who you are–is a wonderful time, but it is also crazy. Even
your teenager, the one you can always depend on sleeping in until noon, is up
like rooster at the first light of dawn. Nothing would be grander than a slow
quiet morning. Just imagine it: sitting and drink that piping hot cup of Joe…
maybe having yourself a cinnamon roll. Do you hear that? No. Isn’t it
wonderful? It is silence. Take a moment and appreciate the calm before the
2. Being able to buy everything on your kid’s wish list.
It is an unfortunate fact, but sometimes we just cannot
afford to buy all the things our kids want. At that point, you might have to
get a bit creative with you gifts. It is so easy when they are young kids; half
the time, they just want to live in the boxes and play in the paper. As kids
get older, those gifts get more and more expensive and it is harder to get them
all the gifts they want. Like most of us, you may have to pick between the new
phone and the new gaming system, but sometimes the stars align, you planned
ahead, you found all the right sales and you were able to get everything those kids of yours wanted!
3. Health and happiness.
Nothing is more important to a cheer parent, or any parent
really, than our children being happy and healthy. Nothing is harder for a
parent than to see our children in pain and being powerless to do anything
about it. As safe as we try to make the world for our children, it happens:
ankles get sprained, bumps and bruises happen, Band-Aids are applied, casts go
on and eventually cut off. We, as cheer parents, especially know how demanding
the sport can be on our cheerleaders. At the end of the day, seeing our
children happy and healthy is all we can ask for.
4. A little love.
Being a parent is a thankless job. The ‘I love you’ and hugs
that used to be so free flowing are a little more few and far between–especially
during those tween to teenage years. We are all just doing the best we can, and
it can seem that our kids even hate us sometimes. Yet, it is all because we love
them and want to protect them. So, when that kid who screamed you were ‘The Worst’
last week, tells you they love you and gives you a hug, WE’LL TAKE IT!
5. The Big Win.
Cheer parents, you get me–you want your kid to get the Big
Win. That win can be making the All Star team or making varsity, or it could be
winning at nationals or at a local level. It does not even have to
sport-related: anytime you see your child work really hard at something, it can
be really hard to see them lose or fail. That is the thing about Big Wins… they
do not come along that often, so when they do, celebrate your children like the
Big Winners they are!
What else do cheer parents want for Christmas? Tell us your
wish list in the comments!