Common Blackbird chicks in a nest in England.

Blackbird chicks in a nest in England. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was visiting a friend recently and I noticed that outside of his kitchen window, there was a nest with three blackbird chicks.

In the hour and a half that I was there, I noticed that the parents of the chicks flew up almost a dozen times, feeding the young ones a variety of worms, snails and insects.

They were so attentive, responding so often to their cries and making sure that their little ones were well looked after.  I hoped that they were able to get something for themselves to eat as well, but that didn’t seem to be the priority for the mum and dad blackbirds.

I couldn’t help think that if only we human parents were so attentive.

Sometimes, we turn our kids into inconveniences.  We wish that they were more independent and describe how much they hold us back from doing what we really want to.

It’s as if raising children isn’t a noble activity in itself.

If you’re a parent, let me encourage you today that every sleepless night, every moment spent attending to your children’s needs, every book you read to them, every sacrifice that you make for their education, every time you set and enforce consistent boundaries and every moment that you finally get for yourself, only to be interrupted by a screaming child, is worth it.

We need more attentive parents.

Parents who ensure that their kids know how high a priority they are.

Parents who tell their kids that they love them and then show them by their actions and allocation of time.

Parents who understand that the sacrifices of today make for a better tomorrow, for their children and for their communities.

As you look at how you’re raising your kids, can you learn from the attentiveness of the blackbirds?

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