Pay It Forward: Raising Babies - From Diapers to Delight

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Charlemagne International Properties BRE# 01147470

Motherhood is an enormous undertaking.  It first takes up residence in your body and soon consumes every breath you take. ( Sounds a lot like a real estate career, right?)  It continues to own a piece of your heart for the rest of your life.  Like most jobs, success will not come without dedication and a sizable amount of time and effort invested.  It takes a lifetime to raise a child.

 

 I gave birth to my first child on a cold Chicago night and promptly drifted off to sleep after the longest workout of my life.  A few hours later my slumber was rudely interrupted by the night shift nurse standing beside my bed with a crying baby.  "Wake up.  It's time to nurse your baby."  In my exhausted drowsy stupor I mumbled, "What baby?"  The nurse snickered, "The one that will be waking you up every night from now on." 

 

Add three more babies and years of diaper changing, potty training, carpools, emergency rooms, homework, sports, music lessons, teenage angst and it was easy for the magical moments of motherhood to get lost in the endless piles of laundry and the constant demands of the family calendar.

 

  It was my goal to invest the best of myself in my children and to give them experiences that would serve them well as they flew with unclipped wings into the world.  Soon I was attending high school graduations, then college graduations and welcoming grandchildren as the gene pool expanded.

 

Last week while searching for an old photo I found a piece of paper titled Norma's Life Goals 1989.  The goals were prioritized (gosh, I was so organized back then).  My number one goal was:  See all my children in fulfilling, productive lives.  The blossoming of their lives is a wondrous heartwarming (and sometimes gut wrenching) experience.  Time invested in our chldren rewards us, no doubt about that, but it also contributes to the more successful spinning of the world.  Heaven knows, the world needs a healthy nudge in the right direction and all the help we can give it.

 

Motherhood requires an enormous pay it forward contribution.  It is a demanding job choice and a lifelong career that returns the efforts invested in immeasurable ways.  After all, our country and society will be run by the children we raise.

 

My handsome clan!  Am I enjoying the payoff?  Absolutely!

Norma Toering - REMAX Palos VerdesNorma Toering & Team RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty
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Barbara Todaro
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Norma....that is a very handsome clan....thank you for sharing your family photos with us....they grow up so fast....and then the grandchildren appear....they're sooooo much fun....we don't have to go through the colds and sore throats and terrible twos.....we just play and have fun.

Nov 11, 2010 03:41 PM #1
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Barbara - I'm really good at playing...

Nov 11, 2010 04:15 PM #2
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Joetta Fort
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Thanks for sharing your story. I remember when my daughter's baby was waking her up every hour or two, and she was so exhausted. She said, "I can't do this!" I asked her, "You don't think this will last forever, do you?" And she wailed, "YES I KNOW IT WILL!!"

LOL - nothing stays the same - good or bad - once you have kids.

Nov 11, 2010 04:31 PM #3
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Elizabeth Arduain
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Norma, beautiful family. You are truly Blessed. Motherhood is a blessing and I enjoy it everyday no matter what

Nov 11, 2010 05:45 PM #4
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Joetta - Remind your daughter she is paying it forwad and who knows what great things that crying baby will do in the future?!  There is no work more important than raising our children to be the best they can be.

Nov 11, 2010 06:22 PM #5
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Elizabeth - Thank you.  Yes I am. Yes it is and so do I!

Nov 11, 2010 06:23 PM #6
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Norma, this was such a sweet read! Your children are gorgeous and I'm sure you're VERY proud of them. People say it's a thankless job, but who cares? It's the single most rewarding thing anyone could every experience (in my humble opinion)

Nov 13, 2010 06:17 PM #7
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Colleen - I totally agree raising children is the most important work we do, and the better the job we do, the bigger the rewards are for everyone.

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What a great post! My kids are still young, but it's always a challenge balancing work and home life. It's true that they are the most important and rewarding job I have! You've obviously done a great job and it's great that you can now enjoy the fruits of your labor(s). :)

Nov 15, 2010 02:47 PM #9
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Annie - You won't regret time spent with your children--it's a great investment of time and effort.

Nov 15, 2010 06:06 PM #10
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