Parental Legacy: Raising Love

Elizabeth March 17, 2012 7
Parental Legacy:  Raising Love
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We change the world around us, by our mere words, actions, thoughts and energy expressed or the lack there of.  I know this to be true simply because I am a parent.

When I was pregnant with my Emily Love, I thought about all the things I would do different, in raising her.  I took all the positive attributes my parents had in raising me, and tied them into my method for raising my daughter.  I wanted my parental legacy to be something I could be proud of.

I don’t doubt that my parents did the very best they could, in raising my siblings and I, but like anyone of us, they have flaws.  I now recognize how difficult this task of being a parent really is.  My parents weren’t big on saying I love you.  They demonstrated their love in action.  These actions I’ve come to learn through experience are called sacrifices.  My mother made countless sacrifices for my siblings and I.

I love and I adore my daughter more than anything in this life.  I hug and kiss her and tell her I love her everyday without fail.  The most important values that I have instilled in my daughter are that of live and let live.  I remind her that more than that it is important to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.  To never stand idly by, while someone is denied the right to live as freely as she is.  I’m teaching her to love, and the responsibility that comes with loving, which is that we all belong to one another.  We are all one; there is no such distinction between races, religions, sexes, sexual orientation, and sexual identity.  We all are seeking love and acceptance.  It is my responsibility to teach her, and to lead by example.  I will not allow my parental legacy to be marred by the superiority complex, that dictates “Do as I say and not as I do.”  Children learn what they live.  If they live with love, they will love.  If they live with hate they will learn to hate.

I am very proud of my daughter.  The reason for being proud of my daughter isn’t just because she is an intelligent, kind, thoughtful, and well-behaved teen.  I am proud of my daughter because she has the courage to stand up against bullying and homophobia.

A couple of weeks ago as she ate her lunch, she over heard a student say to the his friends “Hey lets go burned down the GSA.  We should kick down the door and shoot everyone with AK47′s while yelling yes on 8.”  My daughter became furious, but kept her composure.  She got up and sought out the appropriate adults to handle this type of situation.  I am extremely proud of her because she acted when there was no one watching her.  She could have ignored it like most folks do, but she did not.  She did what she knew was right.  It is truly a gift to have such a courageous daughter, who proudly mirrors the values that her father and I have instilled in her.

There are still so many things that I’ve yet to teach Emily, most of the learning she’ll do by simply watching me. My only hope is that I can be a better example of love, patience, kindness, caring, unselfishness, and poise in those moments of discontent.  Parenting is tough!  It is the toughest job I have ever had.  I don’t claim to be the perfect parent, nor that I have done all the right things when it comes to raising my daughter.  Believe me, I’ve made a ton of mistakes.  The peculiar thing about raising a child is that you also learn from them.  Emily has taught me so much about myself, it’s as if she is raising me. I am certain that she will continue to grow and blossom into an amazing young woman. ~Love Is Qulture


  1. Freddy March 18, 2012 at 12:30 am - Reply

    thank you for sharing your insight and the journey you and Emily are taking together. it moved me and also inspired me. I hope to one day be an awesome parent like you. 🙂

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth March 18, 2012 at 12:40 am - Reply

      Thank you Freddy 🙂 Means a lot. You’re such an amazing person you’re going to be a fantastic parent!

  2. Vania
    Vania March 19, 2012 at 7:40 am - Reply

    This is beautiful…thank you.

    “I will not allow my parental legacy to be marred by the superiority complex, that dictates “Do as I say and not as I do.” Children learn what they live. If they live with love, they will love. If they live with hate they will learn to hate.”

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth March 19, 2012 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Vania 🙂

  3. Antonio X. Garcia
    Antonio X. Garcia March 23, 2012 at 12:55 am - Reply

    I loved this! Great read amiga!

  4. Jacky
    Jacky Guerrero March 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Great article!!!! Once I have a baby you can give me some tips lol

  5. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth March 23, 2012 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Antonio 🙂
    Jacky, Gracias 🙂 Sure thing about the tips, Maybe we could be comadres! Ha!

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