Parenting Guru: Sometimes you just have to say thank you

When I was just 15-years-old, I was introduced to two of the most amazing, wonderful and intelligent people I have ever met: my twin daughters. And while I wasn't quite 'ready' to be a mom, I toughed it out, and, for years, they toughed it out with me. There have been eons of hard times. There have been many lean months. There have been times that I wanted to give up and call it a day. Yet, no matter what has happened in our collective lives together, I am forever grateful for the women in it.

Saying Thank You

Sometimes you just have to say thank you; you have to be grateful for the people who you call your family. And, I choose to say my thank you on a nationally syndicated platform, because I am blessed with the opportunity to do so.

So, thank you for being the loves of my life. Thank you for never giving up on me, even when I gave up on me. Thank you for your loving hugs, your sweet kisses, silly jokes, boisterous laughter, and for letting me share in your joy, your triumphs your countless successes. I am forever grateful to you for helping me see light at the end of every tunnel I was relegated to travel through in these last 18 years. I am thankful that even still today, you take time to spend time with your mom.

And even though your teenage years brought strain to our relationship, I am thankful that we are back on the bridge to somewhere, to being more than mother and daughters, but to being friends as well.

Family Means…

I read somewhere once that love means never having to say you're sorry. That's wrong. Sometimes saying your sorry simply means that your heart is bigger than your ego -- as it should be. I am thankful that my daughters taught me this. I'm thankful that I am more highly skilled in the art of apology than what I was just 18 short years ago. Family, to me, means saying you're sorry and saying it often. It means realizing that people are far from perfect, but that your family gives you ample opportunity to be the best "you" that you can be.

Forward Motion is Everything

As we gather around the table this Thanksgiving and ask one another what we are thankful for, my answer is simple. I will merely look across the table at the women I have raised with pride and tears in my eyes and simply say, "You."

I have been privileged with the job of raising amazing women. And I am (and will forever be) thankful and grateful with the job that they helped me do. My heart bursts with pride in each of their accomplishments, both large and small. The sounds of their voices make me smile. In my fairy tale of this life, there are two women will forever be my heroes: my twins.

Who are you thankful for this holiday season?

Shauna Zamarripa is a full time freelancer and small business owner and advocate. You can read more of her work on her Penny Pinchers and Miss Adventures blogs in addition to following her on Facebook or Twitter.

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