I do not have any children nor am I truly ready to be a mother. Besides the fact that I just got married, I believe I am too selfish to be a parent. I enjoy napping, having lazy Sundays where I don’t get out of bed, and taking spur of the moment road trips. Being a good and attentive parent means putting your child’s needs ahead of your own. When I become a parent, I know that my napping will be greatly reduced, lazy Sundays will be nonexistent, and I’ll have to trade in my spontaneity for a balanced routine.
Maurice Elia wrote an article on Edutopia titled, “Parents: Make Bedtime a Social-Emotional Moment with Your Kids.” She discusses the importance for both parents and children to have a special bonding time before bed. This time should be spent reading, reflect on your day, and generally, just calm down. When I read this article, it really showed me the type of parent I want to be. I want to be a parent that promotes the social-emotional development of my children. Life can get so chaotically busy; it is so important to have a designated time spent together.