Sunday, October 2, 2011

MamaBlogger365 - The Paradox of Parenting by Patti Ashley, Ph.D.

When my children were little, I used to think that the reason parenting was so difficult was because mothers would want to hold onto the joy forever and never be able to bear the growing up. The absolute splendor of watching an infant smile, the ecstasy of watching a child take the first step, and the delight of hearing a toddler's first partial sentences makes it almost impossible not to smile.

Parenting is a paradox of joy and pain that exist simultaneously. The joy a mother feels is often happening at the same time as periods of grief, conflicts with self and others, fears of being a good parent, problems in family communication, uncertainties regarding discipline, and other challenges presented to parents.

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