This morning I just happened to be watching the news when they interviewed a woman, Corinne Maier, who wrote a book about 40 reasons not to have children (No kids: 40 good reasons not to have children).
I was at first disgusted that anyone would write such a book and then to my surprise and horror they stated that the author is a mother of two! That was when my disgust changed to heartache for her and especially for her two children. I wondered about the emotional state of two children whose own mother's ideas about raising children included:
"your kid will always disappoint you"
"kids are the death of desire"
"motherhood or success: pick one"
"motherhood is a trap for all women"
Unbelieveable and appalling.
The joy of watching your child grow.
The wonder of discovery.
Loving pride of watching your child take his or her first steps.
How your heart melts when they say, "Mommy, I love you!"
Knowing your child has made you a better person.
Self-centeredness turns to selflessness.
Newborn baby smell!
Baby smiles and coos.
Cuddling a little one in your arms.
Knowing Mommy's hugs have meaning.
Children are a blessing from the Lord.
The desire for more children.
The laughter of your child.
The smile it puts on your face when you hear those giggles.
Sponataneous kisses and hugs.
Little hands reaching for yours.
Squeals of delight.
Knowing that you are your child's role model and biggest influence.
Becoming a family.
Sharing your child with his or her grandparents (don't they just delight in them?).
Knowing you worked together in the creation of a new life with God.
These are just some of the reasons that I came up with within a matter of minutes, and I was interested to know what your reasons are/were for having a child. I'm not about to say that having a child is not hard work, it is! But the joy, love and delight that come from having a child far outweigh the negatives in my mind. Hopefully in your mind too! Please feel free to add your joys of parenthood in the comments section!