Becoming a parent is considered to be one of the most exciting times in a person’s life. You often embark on this new adventure with great hopes and expectations about what life will be like as you raise your children.

Sometimes, however, the path into parenthood can surprise you. It can feel like you are on a winding road of emotions. Ranging from satisfaction and joy to some not-so pleasant feelings like anxiety and frustration.

Parenting is a Journey.

It is one that can be defined by the many adjustments you must make. As you learn to understand and fulfill your role as a parent. And meet your children’s needs as they grow, develop, and change.

Whenever you embark on something new, be it baby, job, vacation. Whatever – your thoughts become filled with images about what life will be like.

You create these pictures and ideas based on your own experiences. Growing up, the media, your family and cultural values, your own ideals, and your observations of friends’ experiences.

Then as you enter and live through these new stages. You are faced with the job of reconciling all of your images of what might have been with the realities of what is. Parenting is about this reconciliation.