Eight moments of parenting joy

Joyful parents and son

Sheesh, parenting can be hard work. Luckily, the moments of joy you share with your children somehow make it all worthwhile – Mumsnetters shared theirs.

The simple moments

Mother and daughter reading

“For me it's the simple things that count. Nothing beats cuddling up with a child and a book.”

The moments of imagination

“When my daughter looks up with her big eyes and says 'Adventure, Mummy?' Everything is an adventure when you're two.”

The musical moments

Family singing

“All of us singing to the radio in the car – because we know no one can hear us. We're quite loud – God forbid somebody should hear us!”

The bonding moments

“When we walk together, my daughter is always elated when we are in step with one another. A little thing to me but big to her.”

The funny moments

“I love when we have a silly few minutes together. When a song they like comes on the radio, my two rush in and dance around the kitchen and I can't resist joining in.”

The cosy moments

“Every night I make up a story about my daughter and her toy rabbit. It's very personal and special to her.”

The appreciative moments

Child running at dad

“My son running into my arms when he sees me picking him up from nursery.”

The moments you suspect are little white lies

“When my son says I'd better hold his hand while we're walking, so that he can be sure I'm safe…”