Sure, there were the signs and symptoms of pregnancy. Things like a growing belly, occasional bouts of nausea and happy thoughts of a growing family. But, to be honest, the reality of raising a baby didn’t settle in until more recently. As I progress in my third trimester, this sometimes-intimidating notion is becoming more and more real as the days inch closer to my due date. After all, raising a child is much different than growing one.
What kind of parent will I be? What kind of parent should I be? As I ponder thing like parenting styles, how to teach colors and ABCs, and what my child will be when she grows up, I can’t help but reflect on one very important and sole notion. Above all, I just want her to be happy.
Yesterday on Wandeleur, we chatted about Danish parenting and how they as a society raise the happiest kids in the world. Side note: Did you know that Denmark has been home to the “happiest people on earth” for 40 years, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development? The article as a whole made me think a lot about what kind of parent I want to be, and how to handle important situations like discipline, teaching empathy in an effective way, and embracing playfulness.
I know I still have a lot to learn, but it’s safe to say that I know where to start. It’s with looking at generally happy people and cultures surrounding me, and exploring what factors have made them this way. I’d love to do my best to emulate these notions in my parenting style, because after all, what is life if it’s not filled with happiness?