Preparing for parenthood and effective parenting
If I had my child to raise all over again,
I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I’d finger-paint more, and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.
I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I’d do more hugging and less tugging.
– Diane Loomans
PARENTING IS the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. Parenting in most instances is done by the biological parents of a child. The government of a country and the society in general play a role as well.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR PARENTHOOD
Deciding to begin a family is an enormous commitment. There are many changes that must be made so planning in advance is a very sensible choice. Planning for parenthood will guarantee that a person is willing to take the steps required in each area of life to receive a new baby. Parenthood is a massive responsibility which can be very exciting and challenging and can bring great joy as well as times of much anxiety.
In preparing for parenthood:
1. Emotional and psychological readiness is of grave importance. One must think of the time involved in raising a child. Babies demand a great deal of time, leaving very little time for anything else besides taking care of them and surviving.
2. Becoming a parent has key financial repercussions. One must plan for increased costs. Babies come with big expenses. They need food, diapers, clothes, equipment and they do incur medical and day-care-related costs. One doesn’t have to be rich to have a child but it is important that one plans for extra expenses and be willing to cut back on leisure money.
3. A woman must be physically mature and healthy. If there are bad practices such as