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Being there and turning up...

Wake up the kids at dawn, Muffle sleepy protests, Scramble up breakfast, Pack lunch boxes,
Hunt for the missing tie, Sign a clutch of forms, Keep track of parent-teacher meets, Pick up kids after soccer, Get haircuts done, Stick a Spiderman plaster on a bruise, Make sure the soap reaches behind the ears...
These are a few of the gazillion things parents do everyday, little things that make the kiddy world go around... tick, tock, tick, tock...a crazy zillion things that make our lives work. That's what I call experiential parenting - the being there variety, where you are pickled in the rich flavours of everyday experiences, some sweet, some salty, some sour, some bitter, some savoury, but rich nonetheless. Then, there are these...
Turn up for sports days,
Turn up for music concerts, 
Turn up for annual days, Turn up for graduation ceremonies...
These are the big moments, where parents just turn up. That's what I call milestone parenting - the turning up variety, where you mark the bright and…

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