Today is Works-For-Me Wednesday: The Great Parenting Advice Edition
I have 4 wonderfully sweet & stinkery kids only because of the grace & mercy of God, not because I’ve done anything right ;o)
My little bit of advice today is this:
DO NOT TELL YOUR HORRIFYING BIRTH STORIES IN FRONT OF A WOMAN WHO HAS YET TO HAVE CHILDREN!
Our birth stories are a badge of honor, but use discretion when telling them. When I was a very young newlywed, my older friends were already having children. I’ve always loved babies & looked forward to having a family, so I was very excited about their new journeys. That’s when the fun began! I heard story after story about the horrible labors & recoveries. I am a big fat whiny baby when it comes to pain and I was terrified!!
I always try to be honest, but non-graphic, when talking with women who have not yet gone through pregnancy & childbirth. Our job is to encourage them (especially our own daughters) and let them know that it’s all worth it the instant you look in your sweet baby’s eyes.
p.s. Also remember that many women in your midst have empty wombs & would give anything to ‘endure’ pregnancy & childbirth. Choose your words carefully!