We are all full-time parents.

Written by Christy Whitman August 30, 2012

My husband and I were listening to a show on television the other night, and we both heard something that made us laugh. The television announcer made a comment about being a “full-time mom.”

We wanted to know, “How do you just become a part-time parent? Because that sounds like a gig we want to sign up for.

When we decided to have our children, neither of us knew there was such a thing as a full or part-time parent. If you are a conscious parent, it is a 24-hour job, 7 days a week. There is no “punching out” or going home.

And it is different for the parent who really holds the energetic space for his/her children. In our family, I am the one who sets the space. As a mom, I am always thinking of my children. I am constantly holding them in a high-energy space. I am intending for their safety, well-being and happiness. If I don’t have any more energy to give, I dig deeper and give a little more because Alex requests, “I want your love.”

Even after my book was launched and I was traveling a bit more to do media appearances, I was still holding the space for them, thinking about them, praying for them, and doing little things so they knew they were on my mind.

That is when it occurred to both my husband and myself: When I am home, I am the one who hears the cry in the middle of the night, and I get up to check on the boys. When I was away, my husband, now being the one holding the space, did not sleep as well, and found himself always “on.” And at the end of the day, he was exhausted.

So moms and dads, give yourselves some credit. There is no such thing a full part-time parent.

I am a working mom, and even when I am working, I am holding the space for my children. Many times I feel a bit split because I put a different energy into my career space than I do into my “mommy” space.

In my experience as a mom, I need my breaks for my sanity. I need my breaks to meditate so that I can come back to me. I need my time to just be Christy by myself, and I certainly need my time with Frederic to feed our relationship. And even when I am getting a massage, I am still holding a space of love and light for my family. When we are out to dinner on a couple’s night, we are talking about our children and keeping them in our energetic field.

In my opinion, you are either a parent and you have a child, or you don’t. It is all full-time.

Let me know if there is a way to be a part-time parent. I’m in! 🙂

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