(Today’s blog photo is of Jude, one of PINK Newborn Services most precious members!)
Perhaps one of the greatest gifts you will receive as a parent is the gift of innocence. Since your own childhood, you have been exposed to many different situations and people that have altered your sense of innocence. Where you once approached new experiences with curiosity and excitement, you may now approach them with hesitation or preconceived notions about what you will encounter. Many adults have become jaded to the simple wonders in life. You have become accustomed, or have been taught, to judge and place blame. You no longer believe that everyone is equal. You have negative feelings about people or experiences before you even come across them.
When you find out you are expecting, you may feel your thoughts and feelings about innocence change. When you bring your newborn home you want to recreate your own innocence in order to preserve that of your child. As you watch them begin to explore the world around them you may notice they show interest and wonder in the most basic things! When was the last time you saw an adult sit and stare at a beautiful lamp for twenty minutes? Has the sound of running water calmed you from a hysterical state lately? Do you revel in staring at the faces of your family members? All of these seemingly simple things are fascinating to infants because of their purity and innocence. They have no expectations that there are greater things in life. They do not depreciate
experiences in hopes of greater experiences. What they are doing or placing their focus on at any given moment is the most exciting thing in the world to them.
Remember, when children come into this world they have a positive outlook on everything and a natural curiosity about the world around them. They explore new people and experiences not with hesitation, but with wonder and excitement. They revel in learning. They are limitless. It is you and the people around your child that teach them fear, judgment, inequality, hesitation, and limitations. As a parent, it is your tremendous responsibility to introduce your child to the notion that not everything in this world is as innocent and pure as they are, while still fostering their positive outlook on
life and their curiosity. Again, to help maintain your child’s innocence you must change your own thought processes and the way you approach new situations.
When you bring home your newborn, take time to watch them as they explore their world. Try to remember a time when simple things in life excited you. Remember when you were curious about new people and situations. Think back to a time when you did not judge or have hesitations. Try to avoid having expectations of people or experiences and simply enjoy them for what they are. What thought processes and past experiences are holding you back from feeling that way now? When you bring home your new baby take advantage of every opportunity that comes with them, in this case, rediscovering innocence. What in your life has altered your innocence? How will you help preserve you child’s innocence?
PINK Newborn Services would love to hear stories about how bringing home your newborn has forced you to rediscover innocence. How do you plan to protect your child’s innocence? What thought processes do you think you will struggle with the most in recreating your own innocence to preserve that of your child.
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