Your Feelings as a Parent ✨ (One of the most refreshing, comforting, relieving things I've read about parenting! From an old seventies book on the topic) 🌈🌈🌈 "Becoming a parent is a moment of joy that begins a lifetime of challenge… and opportunity. Your life will be filled with the pleasure of simple things… holding your child in your arms, marveling at his livelieness and exuberance and the simplicity of his innocence, witnessing his discoveries about himself and the world around him, treasuring him as a companion, feeling pride in his accomplishments.
Your child will add meaning and fulfilment to your life in many ways, and rearing him will give you opportunities to enrich yourself every day.
But you will also suffer. You will feel guilty about bringing a child into this uncertain and often painful world. You will feel inadequate because, like most parents, you will be torn between your desire to do the best you can and the hard realization that you are almost totally untrained to raise a child. You will feel the pain of uncertainty and self-doubt. “Can I do a good job?” “Will I have the patience?” “Will my child survive my mistakes?” You will feel frustrated by your ignorance. You will agonize, “What do I do now? What’s best in this situation for each of us? What does his behavior mean? How can I be sure?” You will be pulled in two directions, between your own interests and his. And you will wonder whether you’re being selfish or too self-sacrificing. In all these feelings, you are not alone. All parents suffer the same doubts, the same uncertainties and, often, the same lack of knowledge. Parents have always suffered such burdens, hinging primarily upon our common lack of training and our need for the basic facts about child-rearing." – The Parent Book, The Holistic Program for Raising the Emotionally Mature Child, by Harold Bessel, Ph.D & Thomas P. Kelly, Jr. 1977 #parentingtruths #beautifuladventures