For new parents, experienced parents, or expecting parents. We all go through phases when we think about the happines that would come from our child, before birth, or after, or much later. Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman, founders of Babble.com share their experience ... honestly.
The confusion of parenting never ends, but when your child is old enough to go his/her independent way, you often submit to the fact that now you can't excercise your parenting theories any more. God save you if you can't accept it. However, while you are in control, your theories of parenting will swing to favouring your friend's style, or as advised by a relative, to following books, to forming your own theories.
Before I got married I had six theories about raising children. Now I have six childrenand no theories - John Wilmot
It does .take a whole lot of balanced analysis of selecting the right approach. Any advice, anecdotes, scary stories by well wishers needn't be consumed as it is. Life has so many twists and turns that it's easy to gather a baggage of horror stories. The more we collect this baggage, the more difficult it will be to be happy. So dump it, but be aware of it.
Working parents sometimes feel guilty about the short times they are able to spend their children. They may try too hard to keep their child happy or become over protective. If we are concious of this, then we can balance our choices.