Nearly a decade ago, when my daughter was born, my wife and I were working full-time in our family home.
As she grew, my life became more and more stressful, and we struggled to keep her busy.
By age six, I was living with my parents, my siblings, my brother and my sister-in-law.
At first, my son was just as anxious about going to school as I was.
But, eventually, I managed to relax and focus on his studies.
I became a father and a grandfather, and I learned that I could nurture my daughter by giving her the same loving attention that she needed to thrive.
The journey towards an identity foundation is an integral part of our parenting journey, and one that I hope helps you to see yourself as a full-fledged parent, whether you are a new parent, a parent-to-be, or even a parent with multiple children.
It’s also a journey that we need to continue if we want to see ourselves as true to ourselves, instead of just a person who loves and nurtures children.
In an ideal world, our children will be our most cherished possessions.
And when they are, they will be nurtured and cared for as a part of that, too.
But we have to realize that not everyone is ready to make this transition.
I think it’s important to recognize that we’re not going to see all of our children in one lifetime.
I don’t know if you’ve been in a relationship that didn’t include a child, but I’ve been married to a man who’s spent his life in a world of children and family.
And as I’ve talked to him, I’ve learned that when you don’t see the best in yourself, you can never be sure that the child you love is the one you’ll have.
To me, this is a universal truth.
It comes from my experience as a parent.
I’ve had to live with a lot of pain and suffering as a mother, as a wife and as a single mother.
In the end, we’re all humans, and each of us has a unique life path that will ultimately bring us closer to being true to who we are as parents.
We can all do better.
This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post.