They are bundles of joy and heavy burdens, givers and takers of tensions, sources of glee and fret, all at the same time.
Some prepare for parenthood. Others have it “thrust” upon them (because of their fondness for “thrusting” heheheheh!).
All I can say is this: there is never any “right” or “wrong” about parenting. We just have to do the best we can. Especially for my children, since I am the only one they have now. Oh, and they don’t come with an owner’s manual but some say Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care comes close. You can only know what it feels like if you are one. No, having nephews and nieces, even if they live with you, is not the same.
But if you’re prepared for them enough, you’ll never trade being a parent for anything else…Let’s put it this way: I would have regretted having married if it wasn’t for my children.