Angela Jackson, GLP Founder with students a PS 368
The old adage that "practice makes perfect" has never seems more true than when it is applied to parenting. A commonly shared keen observation - or even a funny "urban legend" of sorts - is how a first child in a family is cared for completely differently from how the following children are raised. Constant surveillance of every move child No. 1 makes is soon replaced with a top-of-the-line video baby monitor for child No. 2. And often, with the arrival of child No. 3 and onward, the overly cautious steps are no longer taken and the constant vulnerability is replaced with a firm sense of confidence.
This confidence often is created not so much by the experience of parenting, but the actual parenting practice that varies from child to child. The experience of parenting lasts a lifetime, but the practice of parenting is often for a more limited time, during the developmental stages of a child's life. And parenting practice has somewhat of a definitive end, when you can say you have indeed "parented," and you watch your child to journey into adulthood.
The process of learning a language is very much like the process of parenting, as it relates to experience versus practice.
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