I interviewed my mother for my Infant & Toddler Development assignment. After the interview, we were required to reflect on it. Here are my thoughts…
My mother has three children including myself, age 25, my brother Steven who is 15 and my brother John who is 12.
She had me when she was just 17 years old, so I came as quite a shock to my family. My mother did not have another child until I was 10 years old. She said she hoped to have at least two children.
Her decision to have three children came because she had felt sorry that I had gone 10 whole years without having a sibling. Then, when my brother Steven was 3, I had become more of a mother figure to him (after all, we were and are 10 years apart). I was becoming a teenager and like most teenagers are, I was constantly wanting to be around my friends.
That’s when my mother decided that it was time to have another child, my brother John. She wanted Steven to have a “buddy”, as she puts it.
My mother’s motives did match some of the motives on page 92 of the Berk text. She had more than one child because she thought we should have siblings. One aspect that was interesting was that Yolanda’s grandmother mentioned how if she had settled with only one child, that child may have become spoiled. She also mentioned that she did not think about having children because everyone had them.
I’ve already mentioned this in my response to another student’s post, but I will repeat. I feel that people years ago had a lot of children. My mother is one of 6. This day in age you have the modern mom. I feel that the 2012 modern mother thinks A LOT about having children, how many children she should have, and what sort of direction she should take as far as parenting tactics go. There is nothing wrong with this; mothers just think more carefully now as far as family planning goes, than they did in the past.
I do not have any children of my own yet. I am getting married next year and excited to start a family as soon as we are settled in a home. When I am pregnant someday, I can imagine that I will be pretty confident about the kind of parents my husband and I will be. Some concerns will be involved with the birthing process, as it is a scary thing. I am sure every women is a bit nervous before they give birth though.
My main concerns will have to do with what will occur when the baby comes home. Can my husband and I be on the same page? Will I be an extremely paranoid mother? What sort of changes will my body go through mentally and physically? Also, will I be a better parent than my parents were to me? My biggest fear is becoming my mother. She was not a terrible mother, but she was not the kind of mother that I want to be to my kids.
As it states on page 121 in the Berk text, many parents look to negative experiences from their own childhood in order to understand how they can do it differently. I really do appreciate the idea about the marital workshops for expectant parents. That is something I would love to get involved in when my fiance/soon to be husband decide to have a child.
Berk, E., Laura. Infants and Children: Prenatal Through Middle Childhood. 7th ed. Pearson Education, Inc. 2012.