Preparing For Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
“A parent has the potential to gain what is without a doubt the highest satisfaction a human being can enjoy-the gratification of nurturing the development of a child into an emotionally stable and mature young man or woman. There is no greater reward for the adult; there is no greater gift to the child.”Richard A. Gardner
“But what care have men taken to assist the child as it makes the most difficult adjustment of all, that of passing from one mode of existence to another? At no other period in his life does man experience such a violent conflict and struggle, and consequent suffering, as at the time of birth…it has grown in a place where it was protected from all assaults, from every change of temperature, in a fluid created for its rest. And in an instant it has changed this dark and silent home for the hostile air… The doctor handles it without any particular regard, and when it starts to cry in desperation no one takes it seriously…”
Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child
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One of the most valuable tools I have found for parenting preparation is writing. This blog is immensely helpful to me as I explore new ideas, reflect, and examine my own successes and failures as a parent. The responses I receive from readers give me insight that helps me grow as a parent each and every day. I’m so thankful for this community!