It would be nice if we could all count on our parents to do everything right, but no matter how well they do, they can’t be perfect. During the times that they’re raising us, they come to realize that they made mistakes and sometimes they know it right away. It can be a very long time for them to understand the bigger mistakes, when they see that their child isn’t happy in their adult lives and they start to become more introspective about the role they played in their outcome. Regret is something that no one wants to feel in their life because it can cut deeper than anything and make use grow cold inside. Taking a proactive approach to parenting is always a decent idea, and starting with trying to be happy for yourself is the best possible thing that you can do for them. Especially if you don’t have kids yet and even if you don’t ever plan on having any, making the decision to become the best possible person that you can on a daily basis is the best thing for anyone in your life who loves you, present and future. All kinds of painful metaphors can be derived from mistakes that you make in your own life, and they can bleed into your progeny’s life if you don’t deal with them. You might as well assume that your child is going to need braces, knowing about this potential expense years ahead of time may be the difference between you being able to do right by your kid or not. But, by putting yourself in a financial position to do something about it if they need it, you could likely be doing something that will be very beneficial to them for the rest of their lives.
Any time, attention and money that you put into your kid can be seen as an investment in their future. Often in life, you get out what you put in and with kids, this can be as true as it is with anything else. Sometimes investments pay off in a big way and sometimes they don’t, you’re never really giving it a chance though if you don’t believe and give it every opportunity to succeed. That’s what you’re doing when you decide to get your kid braces when/if your orthodontist recommends it, you’re giving them an opportunity but remember that just like any investment, it can take some time to pay off. Your child is a long-term investment and you’re likely going to see some fluctuation in the market during the life-span of your investment. But, have some faith and put everything you can into them and the rewards could be more gratifying than anything you’ve ever know. Any investment comes with risks though, but having a kid is a risk in itself, not to mention that they and you have to learn how to take additional risks everyday. If it’s within the budget to get them invisible braces, that might be a great way to make them feel less reluctant about the idea too, but you should be able to explain to them why you’re putting them through it and how it’s going to help them in their lives.
It doesn’t matter what you do if you don’t do with all of your heart, you can’t expect to eventually get something wonderful out of it. That’s the way it goes with parenting and some of the biggest financial sacrifices that you ever make are most likely going to be on behalf of your kid so get used to it, this is just the beginning. Braces first, college second and if you’re lucky, they’ll be able to take off from there and you’ll be someone who they don’t want to put in a home when you get old and decrepit. Some kids can be really difficult, but that doesn’t mean they’re not great kids. I’ve got a couple really good friends who are some of the nicest, most sensitive guys that I know and their Mothers can attest to the fact that they were really hard to deal with when they were kids. Visual aids are a really good tool to use when you’re trying to scare a kid straight after all else fails. Just go onto the internet and look up a bunch of pictures of people in their adult lives who obviously didn’t have kids braces and ask them if that’s the future that they want for themselves. Getting them into the orthodontist’s chair after that should be smooth sailing, go ahead and give it a try.