Parents Are People!

The other week, I was listening to Pandora when I stumbled upon this song. Have you ever heard of it? I had never heard of it, but when I heard it, I had to look up the lyrics and see if it was on YouTube.

I wanted to share it with you because it was a good reminder to me that I’m not just a mom, but also a woman, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a hard worker, a co-producer, a wanna-be writer… I am so much more than a mom and I am glad that my daughter recognizes that now. She has said to me that she wants to be a veterinarian AND a mom AND a singer AND a store owner. It’s one of the many hats that she aspires to wear when she is all “growned up.”

Parents are People by Harry Belafonte and Marlo Thomas (from Free to Be You & Me)

Mommies are people, people with children
When mommies were little, they used to be girls
Like some of you, but then they grew
And now mommies are women, women with children
Busy with children, and things that they do
There are a lot of things a lot of mommies can do

Some mommies are ranchers, or poetry makers
Or doctors or teachers, or cleaners or bakers
Some mommies drive taxis, or sing on TV
Yeah, mommies can be almost anything they want to be

Well, they can’t be grandfathers, or daddies

Daddies are people, people with children
When daddies were little, they used to be boys
Like some of you, but then they grew
And now daddies are men, men with children
Busy with children, and things that they do
There are a lot of things a lot of daddies can do

Some daddies are writers, or grocery sellers
Or painters or welders, or funny-joke tellers
Some daddies play cello, or sail on the sea
Yeah, daddies can be almost anything they want to be

They can’t be grandmas or mommies

Parents are people – Parents are people
People with children – People with children
When parents were little, they used to be kids
Like all of you, but then they grew
And now parents are grown-ups – Parents are grown-ups
Grown-ups with children – Grown-ups with children
Busy with children, and things that they do
There are a lot of things a lot of mommies
And a lot of daddies, and a lot of parents can do

So don’t forget – you are more than just a mom or a dad. Parents are People!!!

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