Our direction sets a precedent for how our children will behave tomorrow, next week, and next year. Our guidance is the map by which they will navigate life's challenges and disappointments. How do I discipline my child without breaking her heart?
While the announcement of your rainbow baby is joyous and meaningful news, something else in your status update struck a chord with millions and sent a very loud message to the Internet -- miscarriage doesn't need to be a secret. This is huge.
This past week has been strangely satisfying. I am visiting my brother's family and spending time with his three little ones. They are all under the age of 10, and the youngest who is 3, follows me around like my shadow and insists that I am a part of everything she does.
We all have those "Oh man, I really screwed up" times during parenting. And, we spend days after feeling stupid or annoyed or guilty, until, you know, someone else does something just as dumb so we can feel better about ourselves.
You can absolutely love an animal to the moon and back. But at some point we have to acknowledge that this whole child/pet comparison thing is a little bit crazy. Pets and kids are not the same. If I raised my kid like a pet, I'd be in prison. And that's a pretty huge difference.
It was a Tuesday afternoon. High school juniors huddled around a long dining room table, nervously scraping their cuticle-bitten fingers along the edges of manilla folders.
Go set a Watchman is about growing up and realizing that your own parents are no more than flawed human beings too, learning how to stand by your own values -- set your own watchman if you will -- and still be able to live alongside those you disagree with.
I'm throwing caution to the wind and offering unsolicited advice to Rachel Toalson, author of a recent blog entitled, "Detoxing from the Grandparents Is Real. I Swear." I also suspect that other parents experience a similar phenomenon when kids come home from summer camp.
I never took any parenting classes. I never read any books that would prepare me to be a father, let alone the primary-caregiver-type. Much like an apprenticeship, this is one of those "on-the-job" training situations.
Most parents who look into the eyes of their brand new baby see whatever lies ahead as a clean slate. Nothing turns our focus more toward the future than having a child.