When people are exploring whether they want to be parents, or feel tortured by their indecision about parenthood, finding helpful resources can be really difficult.
That's why I was thrilled years ago when BabyCenter.com contacted me and my co-author Denise L. Carlini for an article to help its readers discover "Is Parenthood For You?"
BabyCenter.com reaches more than 45 million parents a month and is visited by 80 percent of new and expectant moms in the U.S. every month. With this kind of audience, it's wonderful that they're giving their readers an opportunity to ponder and question the life-changing decision of parenthood. Assuming that all women should become mothers is so often the media norm.
In the article, we provide questions to help a woman explore if she wants to be a mother. The article was recently updated to include information about our book Motherhood - Is It For Me? Your Step-by-Step Guide to Clarity.
Below is an excerpt and a link to the full article:
by Ann Bartz
The parenthood question: Yes or no?
For some people, it’s easy to answer the question "Is parenthood for you?" They've always imagined becoming a parent, they have their life set up the way they want it, and they're ready for it. Others wonder about it for years or need to do some serious wobbling before taking the plunge. Some just never have the urge to raise children.
Wherever you are on that spectrum, you can make a conscious decision about becoming a mother or father. And whether you're having trouble deciding if you want to have a child or are just wondering if you're ready to take on this lifelong project, we hope this article will help you get closer to a decision.
One thing's for sure: No one has to have kids. There’s no pressing reason to have them, other than your own hopes and dreams. It’s completely up to you to choose – or not choose – parenthood... (Click to continue reading.)