Sunday, October 19, 2008

Training up my sweet bundle of joy…

My life has been changed since I gave birth to our little bundle of joy. I have adjusted my routines, activities, habits and of course, priorities. This has been, I believe, the most challenging yet the most wonderful and rewarding responsibility one may take upon… parenthood.

Being a parent does not require formal schooling and professional training or experience. They even say that it is easy to become a parent but very hard to parent. The responsibilities do not end in giving birth. In fact, it is just a start of a very long journey of experiment, experience and reality.

I can still remember the feelings my husband and I had the moment we saw our bundle of joy: mixed emotions, unexplainable, overwhelmed, and grateful. We can never forget such emotions. However, as we felt the joy and excitement of being a parent, the intensity of being scared and challenged also increases. Fear… that we may not be able to raise him the way he should be.

But, one thing is for sure, we will always try our best to do and apply what we believe is right and necessary.

I have been reading articles, good books and other related references on parenting and I must say that I have really acquired a lot of things. With these, let me share some of the many learnings I had.

  • We, parents, should realize that training a child begins at birth and never stops. It is indeed a continuous, ongoing process, which involves the emotional, physical, mental, and most of all, spiritual aspects of our offspring.

  • Remember that as we become their first educator, we are the most important teacher our child will ever have. The teaching of home embraces and includes all the extent and walks of life.

  • Always balance discipline with love. Bear in mind that love without discipline is not love, and discipline apart from love is merely punishment. Discipline is done with loving yet firm correction, reinforcing the total impact of the teaching process. Generally, this results to a child being obedient, respectful, tact, responsible and naturally good.

With these, let us all celebrate the blessings of parenthood.

Happy parenting, dear parents!



Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Congratulations for being a brand new parent. What you wrote are all true. The Bible said, "train a child in the way he should go and when he grows up he shall not depart from it." The best training for a child is teaching him to follow the ways of the Lord always. Thanks for the inspired post. God bless you always.

Elaine said...

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Congratulations Myraine! Hope you'll be a happy mother and parents too.

Patrick said...

Congratulations on your sweet bundle of joy =) If you need any practical help, do drop me an email at

One thing about parenting is that you'll discover that it is truly in giving that you receive. I've learned so much more being a parent than I have ever learned in my formal education.

There will be ups and downs... and we'll become better persons eventually... Enjoy your experience =)

MAYA said...

Yes,I agree with you.Earlier educations,more influence for entire your life.New Universe need to be directed;-)
Of course,"too much" never works,though.
I hope you are spending wonderful days.