The Beginning Years
The decision to have a family is one of
the most important decisions we will ever make. Having a child
is a 24-hour-a-day commitment filled with joy and exhaustion,
love and hard work. From the moment we see our baby’s
face, our lives are changed forever. We have been given a
wonderful gift and an awesome responsibility.
Children need our love and attention to develop their intelligence,
confidence and character. As our children grow and change
during these early years, we will be learning and changing
Right from the beginning, we will have to make choices about
pregnancy, birth and ways to support our child’s development.
This chapter offers us guidance.
Being a parent is an exciting journey. Not only can we be
our child’s best teacher, but our child teaches us as