Relish Parenthood

I have spotlighted the statement: “Relish Parenthood” as it is my desire to create a relish parenthood philosophy in the minds of the many. As parents, we often become so busy with the day to day that we do not make mental time nor physical quality time to relish in what we have. Many parents report feeling overwhelmed by parenthood as it includes much responsibility, time, effort, and energy. Many report feeling the strain of trying to balance one’s children’s needs (e.g., emotional, behavioral, educational, social) with work, marriage, and self and thus loose the joy of being a parent.

There are parents that are grieving the loss of a child never to return home either by death whether it be due to one’s young-adult child has never returned home from serving in the military, or whether one has lost one’s child as a youth due to medical illness, or whether one’s child has gone missing. There are so many women struggling everyday with infertility wishing they could have children, this is a loss of what is not to currently be and the hopes for what could be. There are children sick with long term illnesses. The list of the range of parenting emotional pain is wide and varied.

My message to the many is for those who have children; relish parenthood, treasure parenthood, enjoy parenthood right now and every single day.

Take a moment of silence out of your day to honor those women that have lost their child or are unable to conceive, and take a moment to relish in the joy that you have been given a true gift of being a parent. Be grateful, value, and appreciate parenthood. Relish in this true blessing. Treat your children like the gift that they are.

If you have any questions about the Relish Parenthood concept, or wish for me, Dr. Karen Ruskin, to come to your organization to speak on parenting you are welcome to contact me directly.

Warmly,
Dr. Karen