Relationship Reflection

Relationships and Partnerships are important to me because I care about the people I love. I want them to know that I am here to support and love them. It doesn’t matter to me who they choose to become because I love them for who they are.

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My Husband Jim

The first relationship/partnership I want to share is about my husband. He is a wonderful man who excepted me with all my hurt and stress I carried over from my childhood. He loves me for the person I am and he loves me unconditionally. I have grown to love him more and more throughout the 37 years we have been married. He is my husband, my friend, my protector, and the love of my life. I have become a more self-confident person through his love and support. I love him with all my heart and am grateful that he took the time to love me for who I am.

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David, Rebecca, Scott, and Kyle

The next relationship I would like to share with you is about my children. My children mean the world to me, and I love them with all my heart. I am here to love them, support them, protect them, and nurture them. They bring great joy into my life each day. When they were small David almost died on several occasions from his severe asthma. I wanted so much to take his place when he couldn’t breathe, however, I couldn’t so I held his hand and taught him how to take deep breaths and think happy thoughts. I was my children’s advocate from the time they were small. My daughter had dyslexia and she had a teacher that would criticize her when she read in front of the class. I went to the principal with my husband and fought for her. We ended up moving from that school district because the teacher had tenure and the principle wouldn’t help my daughter. Today she is a fantastic mother and her own children have ADD and she has changed their diet and volunteers regularly in their class to help them succeed. At age 6 my son Scott had children picking on him because he was so kind and he would come home and tell us about it. We talked to the teacher who said he needed to put up with it. However, these boys were two years older than he was and they were being bullies. The next week I received a call from the principal stating that I had to come in and discuss my son. I asked what was wrong and he said that Scott had beat up four boys. So, my husband and I went to the school and found out that these were the same boys that had been bullying our son and were two years older than he was. Scott beat them up because they were hitting a little girl that was a year younger then Scott and he wasn’t going to let it continue. The principle wanted to know what we were going to do about it. My husband said we were going to take him out for ice-cream. This didn’t make the principle happy yet we knew that Scott wasn’t trying to be mean, he was protecting the little girl. Our other son Kyle we adopted when he was 11. He was our foster child who had been in an institution. He had been abused and taken from his parents and sister.  My husband and I love him unconditionally and excepted him as he was. He is an amazing person who needed someone to love him. As an adult, today he is a construction worker and he enjoys playing baseball.

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Alyla, Edward, Bianca, Timothy, Leander’s, and Eric

The last relationship I want to share is about my grandchildren. When my grandchildren started being born the love I share with them is unending. They fill my heart with joy and brighten up my eyes each time I hear their voice or see their smiling faces. They give me kisses and hugs that I never tire of. Their pictures they color are treasures that will never be thrown away. My oldest granddaughter is graduating this month and I love her as much today as I did when I first picked her up. My love continues to grow for each of my precious grandchildren. My children are marvelous parents and have done an outstanding job raising their children. I am proud of each of them. Being a grandparent is a blessing that I will always treasure.

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Today, as an early childhood educator the positive experiences that I have gained through my family relationships since adulthood have helped me to blossom and grow as a person, wife, mother, and grandmother. My own childhood experiences of a dysfunctional family taught me that fear isn’t something to have to carry with you, with unconditional love you can become a self-confident and secure individual. My own children have blossomed because of the love of my husband who loved me as I was and didn’t try to change me. With his love, and support I have become the teacher I am today. I love my students and families and I accept them for who they are. I am here to build trusting partnerships with my families so we can work together to help their child learn and grow.

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Have a marvelous week!

Tammy

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