Whether you are just beginning to think about starting a family
. . . or have just learned that you are going to be a mother or a father in a few
. . . or are a day or two away from an expected delivery date
. . . or are planning an adoption
. . . or have a baby (or two) in your arms
. . . or have a house full of toddlers, school-age children, adolescents,
or a combination of all ages
. . . or are proud grandparents,
Parenting is an adventure, a source of incredible fulfillment, a humbling responsibility, and a unique privilege. It’s a voyage of discovery with a long learning curve.
On many occasions, it brings both laughter and tears. It is, above all, a priceless gift from God—one that deserves to be received with joy and treated with the utmost respect.
Many people enter parenthood unexpectedly, at times even suddenly, often in a state of panic. Nearly everyone who accepts the assignment develops qualms at some point.
You may have already progressed from “Am I really ready for all the responsibility of bringing up a child?” to “What am I going to do if ______ happens?” to
“How in the world did I get into this?”
If any of those questions have passed through your mind, take heart, and remember some fundamental truths of parenting:
You’re not alone. Many millions have traveled the path before you.
You probably know a lot more than you think.
It’s never too late to learn, to mold your attitudes and refine your skills.
Whether you’re aware of it or not, the process of becoming a mother or a father actually begins well before the doctor announces,
“It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” It begins before conception. In fact, it begins before the physical intimacy that sets the biological marvel of reproduction in motion.
And for an event of this importance, it’s nice, as much as is humanly possible, to be prepared.