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Congratulations! But to JWR, as a teacher I see some parents worship their children in the early years and then sort of "bail" on their kids around the age of 9 or 10. After years of being catered to, the children suddenly find themselves without a support system as the burned out parent decides they need to grow up NOW. My advice is, rather than doting on them for ten years, make sure you have age appropriate expectations of them that increase with each birthday. Consciously expect more maturity, more creativity, more independence, more responsibility, even basic time management with regards to homework and after school activities. Then when they are 10 you will not be exhausted from over-indulging them and you will have delightful children who are a pleasure to be around instead of spoiled, entitled, immature brats, and they will still be "worth it."
Commented Oct 30, 2011 on
Our son was born March 12th, 2009. He's a little over two and a half years old. Now, I am the wussiest wuss to ever wuss up the joint, so take everything I'm about to say with a grain of salt – but choosing to become a parent is the hardest thing I have ever done. By far. Everything else pales ...
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