When my husband and I got hitched at twenty we were ready to take on the world. At that delightful age, life’s possibilities spread pregnant across the horizon. We had all we needed—our friends, our dreams, our college degrees (almost), and each other. Then, ten months later we got pregnant and at twenty-one I became a mother. Gasp.
Armed with zero knowledge of infants or children, we dove into parenting like we owned the place. We weren’t those people who devoured parenting books, either. Who needs those? Bor-ing. Our style tended towards the bohemian. Our kids went everywhere with us and we adjusted as needed.
Almost twenty years later, we biffed it on the parent front more times than I can count, but ultimately, we raised two intellectually and emotionally smart kids, who still want to hang out with us and glean our wisdom on major and minor life decisions. To me, that’s a win… … More 5 Parenting Tips to Nurture a Heart Connection With Your Kids