Parenting is a paradox. It is the most selfless and the most selfish thing you will ever do.
The selfless part is obvious. For 18 (or 21, or 25, or…) years, we birth them, clean them, feed them, house them, cloth them, teach them, discipline them and (hopefully!) love them. And for most of that time, our children fail to realize the incredible sacrifices their parents are making. We get smiles, hugs and the occasional thank you. But from the outside looking in, parenting would appear to be a very one-sided relationship.