“Meanwhile, mortal misunderstandings can make mischief in marriage. In fact, each marriage starts with two built-in handicaps. It involves two imperfect people. Happiness can come to them only through their earnest effort. Just as harmony comes from an orchestra only when its members make a concentrated effort, so harmony in marriage also requires a concerted effort. That effort will succeed in each partner will minimize personal demands and maximize actions of loving selflessness.”
-Elder Russell M. Nelson
Being a student in college, something that I have seen happen to my social group is the mass posts of engagement announcements. I am in the part of my life that we get to move on with our lives, and begin a new one with our other half. In class, we had the opportunity to talk about marriage and all of the many changes and challenges that come along with it. We discuss how the addition of children can change the family dynamic and the way that the family functions.
With the coming of children, stress levels skyrocket and can have either a positive or negative consequence within the family unit. Children are one of the greatest blessings we have been given, but they always come with challenges. Raising children is not easy and requires a lot of work and dedication from both parents. There are times when there is tension between the husband and the wife because of the stresses that children can bring.
While children bring a lot of different elements to the table within a family, they are some of the biggest blessings. They are your living legacy and your pride and joy. I don’t have children of my own yet, but I have been told of the great experiences and joys that come with having children. The simplicity of their minds, and the kindness and inspiration they can evoke from others is amazing. Being a parent, you want to create an environment that they can safely grow and develop in, and become their best. You want to assure that your child can have access to the greatest of experiences and opportunities throughout their lives. In order for that to happen, the parents need to provide that harbor where they are loved and accepted all their lives.