Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Are You Ready for Motherhood?

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By Dr Bill Maier

Becoming a mother for the first time is a major milestone.

But how do you know if you're prepared to be a good mother?

Most women are elated when they find out that they're expecting their first child.

Then they have nine months to worry about what kind of mother they will be.

They often look back on their own childhood and wonder how their positive and negative experiences will affect their ability to bond with their baby.

It's a real concern — and not entirely unfounded.

How our parents related to us has a huge influence on how we will relate to our own children.

Those who struggled to get close to their parents will likely struggle. It's not a foregone conclusion, but something to think about.

If your memories of childhood are painful and bitter, I encourage you to seek a good counselor, just to make sure you don't repeat those negative habits.

From TODAY, Voices – Wednesday, 15-Jul-2009

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