On the flip side, there are many golden rules that also hold fast for children of all ages; some of which can be discipline, or teaching children to tell the truth, be clean, show respect towards others, etcetera. Before I proceed with my discussion about the topic, I'd like to welcome Ann Marie Dwyer to grace my pages for this week with her invaluable feedback on the world of parenting. Lets give it up for Ann Marie (Red as she calls herself) and read what she has to say.
At the onset of 'parenting', the mother has to go through the stages of pregnancy (except with cases of adoption). A lot of complications happen many times because the mother is not aware of what is expected of her for the initial delivery, and how her co-operation can make for a more healthy delivery. Dr. Pandula Siribaddana writes about the stages of labor and delivery that every 'first-time mother' should be aware of. Miraculous Pregnancy by M. J, Joachim also deals with the same topic with a Trimester-wise account of what to expect.
In days gone by, the 'dad' was not allowed to enter the labor room while the 'mom' struggled with labor pains. The most common scene depicting the dad during this time was his anxious, impatient, to-and-fro pace outside the delivery room. However, these days, it has become necessary that the 'dad' take an active role in not just being by the delivery table, but also in the exercising program designed for the 'pregnant mom'. Is your husband scared of the result of you being pregnant? Does he feel left out from all the 'pregnancy fun' (- the backaches, the tiredness... etc. etc.)? Why not let him be part of your nine-month trip down pre-mom-hood with these helpful tips for including husbands during childbirth and delivery? I had to smile when I read this article. There are many 'husbands' who would willingly claim ignorance. (They can't try their luck now, can they?)
Yep, your baby's born. Now the actual fun part begins. Who's turn is it to change the baby's diaper? (Suddenly there's no one in sight but you, the mom.) I loved this next article on 'how to change a baby's diaper'. Kathrine Mills very humorously starts the article 'It strikes terror in the hearts of grown men, makes the most dependable person run in disgust and even the kindred mother's heart turn away in fear'. Uh oh... terror in the heart of grown men? Now come on, surely you aren't scared of changing your baby's diaper? (Yep, you sensed right. An evil smirk from me again.)
With babies, arrive the next topic: Why breast feeding in public should not be a controversial issue. I loved a pic that 'Red' passed around on Facebook yesterday, which illustrated an ill-clad woman (yes, with almost-totally revealing breasts) at a restaurant , and a breast-feeding mom. The image spoke volumes to me. Why is it that women who expose their breasts (please excuse my candid approach to this topic) by the way they are ill-clothed, totally acceptable in social circles, while a mom who has to breast-feed her baby as and when the baby demands it, is not acceptable? I do not understand the logic behind it. A 'Warped Social Mindset' is how I can think of labeling it.
While 'abortions' have been legalized in many places, and with Planned Parenthood assisting many abortions, it would be careless of me not to mention this article 'No Escape: Abortion Unveiled'. Parenting begins at the point of conception, so it will be worthwhile to take a look at this article to understand the procedure involved in an abortion and what a pregnant mother or anticipating father can expect when opting to abort their baby. It is your decision in the end; so make it the best one while you're at it.
Glory Lennon's) viewpoint and approach to dealing with autism. Also attached is an article by Dr. Deborah Bauers.
Recognizing autism in toddlers - by Glory Lennon
Recognizing autism in toddlers - by Dr. Deborah Bauers
Tips for easing anxiety about outings for children with autism - by Glory Lennon
Autism: Special love for a special child - by Glory Lennon
Acceptance issues with autistic children: Parents and the world - by Glory Lennon
Funny parenting stories (autism) - by Glory Lennon
Illnesses aside, many first-time parents are not aware of what to expect from their baby as he/she progresses into toddler-hood. Parents can be taken by surprise or are not adept enough to deal with 'sudden' movements or mischief as we may call it, by a toddler. How to keep children safe while playing by Karen Louise Hollis is an article that highlights different phases of childhood and what is in store for parents and children alike. This was an interesting read and informative.
What about teenagers? Many moms curse the fact that they hit menopause just about the time their child hits the prime age of 'teenage'. There can be a better balance with dealing with your teenager if you have the right outlook and know what to look out for. Understanding your independent teenager which is part of Effectively Human centers around important aspects such as observance, awareness and communication, which are vital to dealing with a teenager without losing your sanity.
Is it possible to unconditionally love an adopted child? The answer might not be surprising... but it is worthwhile taking time to read this article by Carol Gioia and think of all the children who have been adopted and the families that have been enriched by them. In my opinion, it can be unconditional love if one chooses to love unconditionally... and similar with the case of an adopted child.
My tip for this week.... those who are planning on getting married should definitely watch the movie 'Licence to Wed'. This movie says it all. :)))) Are you up to the challenge?
This is me signing out for this week. Next week's post is on 'Local Guides'. I request readers to write in 'with 5-8 sentence blurbs' about the place (city/town, NOT COUNTRY) you live in, telling me why I should visit your place. If you have a 'local guide article' or a pic to add to your blurb, I would be more than happy to accept them for my post. Please send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org . Entries from your locations all across the globe are welcome. :)