Parenting is not for the faint of heart. There are many stages of parenthood. It is important to understand that parenting is an unending role. Just children have multiple stages of development we parents to have stages of parenthood. Hold on you can do it.
From the cradle to the grave once you become a parent you forever remain a parent. The stages of parenthood from birth until death are full of joy, surrender, heartache, laughter, love, hate and faith. You as a parent will be stretched by anything you can imagine and you will make it through it all. Follow me as I share with you my ideas on the miraculous stages of being a parent.
This statement will no doubt incite debate but parenthood begins at conception. I will go a step further and offer qualifiers to my statement. In each of my pregnancies I knew the life I carried would be precious and special. I saw that life inside existing on the outside my body. I saw the hand I would hold, helping to walk and the day I would let that hand go to walk on its own. I considered the eyes that would hold mines full questions that I would provide answers. I foresaw smiles, tears, joy and laughter. For me and many others we will not falter when we state parenting began at the moment of conception. In this I feel firm in assigning conception as the first stage of parenthood.
Stage 1: Conception
No matter whether you did or did not plan to conceive you have at this point entered the first stage of parenthood. It is a stage of wonder and awe. You as a parent will experience many changes, adapt, and adopt many philosophies about your particular style of parenting. In this stage you will become visualize and opinionate. You will search and research many ideas, techniques and possible avenues about the pregnancy, birthing methods, early childhood developmental stages and question every aspect for what feels right for you.
As you singularly or jointly develop and progress along in the pregnancy feeling life maturing and preparing for the entrance you need not feel foolish at second-guessing. Second-guessing will become a close friend. Whether the seasoned parents admit to the familiarity of second-guessing or not; we all have it as our constant companion. The second-guessing constantly reminds us all of our vulnerability as we parent. Second-guessing does not constitute unworthiness, inabilities, or inexperience. Second-guessing serves to foster nobody is an island. The adage that it takes a village to raise a child is true. In stage 1 during the conception phase you will need a team. The team will consist of qualified medical professionals. The obstetrician, midwife, nurse, pharmacist and the supporting staff for the next nine months or so these individuals will be instrumental to your parenting.
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