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||Baby New Year....
Bringing Up Baby New Year
we are again at that time when the New Year is slapped on the
bottom by Dick Clark and welcomed into the world. Now that we have
given birth to this precious baby New Year, what will we do with
it? Most new parents are a bit nervous, some because they didn't
do such a good job with the last year, and others because they
don't have the slightest clue what it means to be a good and
First, we must consider the problem of where to put the baby New
Year. Do we keep it in a crib behind bars and only bring it out
when necessary for feeding or bathing? It will be safe there and
maybe it will stay out of trouble, but we certainly won't have
much fun with it or enjoy its development if we are scared to
death of it.
On the other hand, if we hold it close and cuddle it too much, it
might grow up to be a spoiled brat and go off doing things we
don't approve of, like creating wars, producing hurricanes, or
spending so much money that inflation and the economy get totally
out of control.
And, what will we feed our new baby New Year? The innocent little
New Year really doesn't know the difference and will accept
whatever we offer. We can choose to give it nourishment that will
eventually clog its arteries and destroy its health, or we can
nurture it with a healthy lifestyle and clean environment that
will protect its well-being.
New Years, like new babies, are a lot of trouble. We want to
safeguard our offspring, but we also want our baby New Year to
develop moral responsibility and be able to withstand the bullies
and terrorists of the world. We want it to grow up and be thought
of as a good year, one that will fulfill its potential and become
a conscientious adult. But the possibility of a childish New Year
going astray in the current world situation is frightening to any
Parenting a New Year needs to come with a better set of
instructions. There are many books written on how a baby should be
raised, what to do, and what not to do. There are also many
advisors telling us how to get the best outcome from our New Year,
financially, politically, or socially. It is hard to know which
advice to follow and which to ignore.
But the truth is that we will pretty much go by tradition and
raise our New Year in the same way that our parents brought up
their years. We will end up with a New Year that is pretty much
like all other years. We will experience failures, have moments of
anger, make mistakes and our New Year baby may eventually end up
as less than what we had hoped for.
On the other hand, a New Year presents the opportunity to correct
errors that have been made in the past. We can nurture our New
Year with love and fill it with joy. We can approach it with
knowledge gained from past failures and do a better job this time.
We can make this New Year the one that will change the course of
history and become a year that we can look back on with pride.
As Dr. Benjamin Spock, famous for his childcare advice, said,
"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do."
There is no one right way to raise a baby New Year. We must follow
our best instincts, have patience, and model the behaviors that we
want. No year is perfect, but if we do the best job that we can,
our New Year will probably turn out just fine.
Copyright 2005 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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