My response to the “how has it been going as a parent” question these days is – “It giveth and it taketh.”
There are these moments of sheer awesomeness interspersed with moments of “Oh god – there goes another one of my well laid plans.”
That’s the interesting thing about what “it taketh” – it says a lot about me and my expectations of the process. The more I plan and I expect, the more I feel “it taketh” and the more I find myself needing to learn to let go and grow.
In that sense, parenting is a lot like other great journeys (school, challenging projects, engaging jobs, marriage, etc.) – it is what you make of it. The more you give, the more it takes out of you and the more you grow in the process.