How to Prepare Yourself for Parenthood and What to Expect

Parenthood is not just something one does out of the faintness of their heart, no. It is an effort to make meaning out of life.

How to Prepare Yourself for Parenthood and What to Expect
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Parenthood may be one of the most challenging yet satisfactory jobs in the world. I am not a parent, but I think there is no job out there that is nobler or that allows one to attain such joy as being a parent. Being a twenty-something-year-old, my view on parenthood may be uninformed in terms of experience or expertise, but I think I have a good idea of what parenthood is. Here are my views on the topic.

What to Expect as Part of the Experience of Parenthood

Parenthood is waking up one day and realizing that your life is not only your own anymore. It is the shock and joy of knowing that there is a mini-you out there whose life depends on you. Imagine the shock of waking up in the middle of the night; to check up on a toddler who is crying. It is like taking a bus to a destination where you never really arrive. That is, continually doing your best to give the best. You can imagine relearning the joy of being a child through your child. It is like seeing yourself grow, that must be utterly satisfying.

Why It is Important to be Considerate as a Parent

Parenthood is a lot about considering others before yourself. You know how you would just up and take a trip to Nova Scotia, as a parent this would mean almost triple the logistics. There are baby clothes, diapers, formula, and breastfeeding to be had and made. You being your own self, so to speak, is no longer plausible or possible. You acquire an extension of yourself and a new version that you have to tend to and mold into a complete and well-nurtured human being.