your kids will just be totally messed up if you don't do a million different things while they are in utero and infants!
You guys, I'm seriously stressing out about this. I am taking a Stress Management for Wellness class and it's killing me! For example, today:
Prof. Larry: The biggest thing that impacts the explanatory style of your child (whether your kid has a good attitude about life or a bad attitude which will most likely lead to depression and other psychological problems) is.... you guessed it, the explanatory style of the mother!!
Me: Ahhh!!!! I better shape up my little attitude..
And a few weeks ago:
Prof. Larry: if you are under chronic stress while pregnant, it could lead to that child having metabolic, psychological, and emotional problems for the rest of their life.
Me: I need to chill out.
Disclaimer: I am not pregnant!
But someday I hope to be and I am learning what a gigantic role the mother plays in the development and health of her child. I could totally mess up my kid's life! I just get overwhelmed thinking about all the things I need to pay attention to after I decide to become a mother and start growing a wee baby inside me.
I always knew diet and hydration were important but all this emotional stuff is going to be a challenge. I want to be the healthiest I have ever been physically, emotionally, and spiritually before I attempt to raise a child.
This is not to say that children with emotional or physical disabilities are not just as sweet and precious as healthy babies. They are (I know from personal family experience) but I don't want to live knowing that something selfish I did caused pain to my child.
Children are so special. More than anything in the world, I want to be a mom to beautiful babies! But it is going to take a lot of unselfishness and discipline on my part. I wish more women out there knew the enormous impact that their health, attitude, teachings, and professions of love have on their children. It is a special calling and I am so excited!!!!