It is believed that the subject of offering advice, guidance and in general, counselling on being a parent in modern times has not really been addressed. With this in mind, this book is written in a simple language. Although in plain enough English, the content will still be of importance to the reader and without any compromising on the training of the parents. There is no doubt that this subject is deep and vast. Backed by recent social events and political debating, the Joyful Parenting can only be helpful in preparing for a child and in bring up a family.
The book concentrates on the upbringing of children and offers guidance in establishing the right relationship between the child and the parents. It deals with the pre-natal and post-natal influences and expands into the realms of continuous development of the human personality. Remembering that human personality with all its complex characteristics never stops developing; from the foetus stage, to birth, growing up and to dying in old age.
[...] Guidance towards parenting should be readily available, in clinics, in surgeries, in counselling establishments, in bookshops, in academia, on bookshelves and on the coffee table. There is no age limit in asking questions and in enquiring as to the best method for caring for your child. The reward for loving and caring for a human being is the most satisfying feeling ever described. To feel that you have done your best for that child is a personal sensation that nothing else can compete. [...]
[...] There are cases where the parents had insufficient knowledge of parenting and the lives of boys and girls were ruined and their chances to become successful destroyed. Parents must learn to let the child go - become free, gradually inter-mix with groups of other children. Nothing is more pitiful than to see a grown man or woman dominated by a mother who refuses to realise that the son or daughter is a child no longer and must assume his or her place of responsibility in the world. [...]
[...] With such a joyful parenting the young people who left home can but contribute to the betterment of the next generation - the improvement of society at large The Responsibilities Reviewed In the contents of this book one may have noticed the gradual lessening of the directing hand of the parent as the child increased in years. Before birth the mother's control an influence are supreme and during the first eighteen months the mother shaped the character of her child. [...]
[...] Each question asked should be answered truthfully and when the child is satisfied with the answer, let it go at that. If he finds that he gets a truthful answer and he is not told to run out and play, or told not to ask stupid questions, the next time he is puzzled about something, he will run to the parents, who he thinks they know a lot and always tell the truth. Naturally, not a lot of detail will be given at one time, for the child takes but one step at a time and as he requires further information, he will ask for it, if there is a bond and confidence between him and his parents. [...]
[...] Mothers may not realise the power that is theirs during pregnancy, the veneration and awe, pregnancy being the greatest experience of life. On the other hand, pregnancy is often accepted as an unavoidable evil, the child undesired and the mother looks upon this period as one of great sacrifice and hardship. No plans are made for the welfare of the little stranger, no high ideals held for the unborn child and no deep yearnings or mighty aspirations stir the mother's heart in reverent meditation. [...]
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