We are four weeks into our winter series - it is so exciting to be getting to know eight amazing couples in person...and this series, we have the pleasure of welcoming back on of our Spring 2013 couples as they prepare for Baby #2...from Canada!! The internet and web-chat rock!!
Today's post was inspired by a question that was asked right before we dismissed class on Friday night. One of our students asked, "Is there a list of questions that can help us prepare to be parents?"
Bruss and I often quip that we could teach another set of classes after the Birth-Day. What we teach for childbirth preparation is valuable, and there is definitely more than enough to share over twelve weeks to prepare for a healthy pregnancy and the birth journey.
The fact remains that the Birth-Day is just the beginning of a lifelong journey as parents!! We could definitely do another twelve-week course that focuses on parenting...
And that still would not be enough.
Parenting is something that evolves over time, and with each child that is welcomed to the family. I took a look at the list of questions that we created when we got a similar request two years ago. Now that we have been parents for 730 more days, we were able to add a second page to the list! As our children have grown, so have we. We have had many more negotiations about what we value as a family. Bruss and I have had to discuss most of these questions already. As we celebrate our first child's tenth birthday this month, we know we are on the brink of discovering yet another set of questions. Page 3 will be written as we navigate life with a *gasp* tween!
Some thoughts on parenting before I share our list:
Anytime we have followed our instinct, it has been rewarded with a sigh of relief that we pulled on a thread and followed it until we had an answer or a solution that fit our family. It is our hope and prayer that the same will be true for you.
So now for that list of questions...These are great conversation starters so you and your partner can try to find common ground. Just as you would for a business, we believe it is important to set the core values for your family so that you can parent as a united front.
The first page was created with the intention of having these conversations during pregnancy or within the first year of establishing your family.
The second page is to glance at now. Pull it out again when your child starts doing organized activities or making connections at preschool and/or elementary school.
The first five questions on our list are:
Ready for more discussion?? Click HERE for the complete list. There is no charge for the file - you are welcome to download it for your personal use. Please be kind and link back to this post/ cite our webpage if you would like to share it.
Come visit us again next Tuesday, when we share ideas about managing the first few weeks after the birth-day with your newborn!!
What are ways you and your partner established the groundwork for your growing family?
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*I absolutely do not believe in physical punishment/discipline, or any kind of physical contact with the child that violates them. We believe that a child is whole human being from the day they are born, due full respect for their bodily integrity and physical, emotional and spiritual safety.
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