What parenting goal did you wake up with today? – Metro US

What parenting goal did you wake up with today?

What parenting goal did you wake up with today?

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Yesenia Almonte and I’m a first generation American, born and raised in New York City — a city that I love .

Like pretty much every other parent, I wake up with the same mommy goal every day: to raise good and productive human beings. It sounds simple enough, but boy is it tough. I’m trying to figure out the whole parenting thing as I go along, and every single day, without fail, I question my parenting skills. I’m continually asking myself whether I am doing the right thing by my husband and two little buddies, Hudson, 3, and Crosby 10 months old.

I call my own mother every day to get her advice on things; advice that doesn’t always align with my own views, but my parenting will always stem from the cultural influences passed down by my parents, two Dominican immigrants.

One thing I do know is that I want my children to aspire to all that is good — and this is the idealist and eternal optimist in me — when you are surrounded by good, you want to do good. As cliché as it is, I really do want my kids to grow up in a better world. But the realist in me knows that the world isn’t always safe, pretty or perfect, so I’m teaching them to be tough, too!

So, this is me: I’ve failed. I’ve succeeded. I’ve made some mommy mistakes and will continue to make some more — just hopefully not the same ones! I’ll share my journey with you along the way, right here in this paper and online at metro.us every two weeks. And I of course want to hear from you, too! What’s your daily mommy goal? Hit me up on Twitter or Instagram : @yeseniaalmone .