Becoming a parent?

by Rod Smith

The Mercury / Tuesday

New baby?

From the minute you are aware your child is conceived, or becomes a reality to you through adoption:

• You will not think another thought or plan anything that does not also have your child and his or her wellbeing in mind. This is not limited to when your child is a newborn or a toddler, it is almost forever. This is not a preoccupation (hopefully) but a mindset. Your challenge is to live with this so it does not annoy people for whom your children are not a priority.

• Everything you own and earn and will own and will earn will be shared with your child and you will (hopefully) share it all wisely, willingly, and generously. This is not limited to when your child is a minor but will continue as you empower your child to become financially proficient and financially stable.

• Your life will be quantumly enhanced if you allow it. Children are “adult-making machines.” It’s not their job but they do it rather well. They teach willing adults how to love, how to be responsible, how to be adults. Some parents resist these vital lessons and then everyone misses out.

• Everything will change and for the better if you will allow it.

I seldom post pictures but here are my sons:

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