Having a baby is a life-changer. It gives you a whole other perspective on why you wake up every day.
When you hold your baby in your arms the first time, and you think of all the things you can say and do to influence him, it's a tremendous responsibility. What you do with him can influence not only him, but everyone he meets and not for a day or a month or a year but for time and eternity.
Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.
A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.
Screaming at children over their grades, especially to the point of the child's tears, is child abuse, pure and simple. It's not funny and it's not good parenting. It is a crushing, scarring, disastrous experience for the child. It isn't the least bit funny.
Parenting classes should be mandatory, whether you are adopting or not, and would include an evaluation of your current physical, mental and financial state as well as how ready you are to take on the rigors of parenthood. Our children are our most precious natural resource, and there is absolutely no other way to parent but to put them first.
A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
Having children is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain.