Most parents surely dream of the day when their own children will experience parenthood for themselves. And of course, most parents look forward to becoming grandparents and the joy of spoiling their childrens' children while watching them grow up!
Therefore when parents learn that one of their children is having difficulty conceiving - or has in fact received a diagnosis of infertility - it is only natural that they may feel confused, upset, depressed and maybe even a bit angry. After all, these are all emotions that a person going through infertility him or herself typically feels. They might wish to help but not know how, or not realize how some of their words perhaps meant in a "helpful" way might only be causing their son or daughter further anguish.
Infertility can place stress on not just the relationship between partners trying to conceive but on each of their relationships with their own parents - and siblings, too. My goal in this article is to present some suggestions and tips on how parents can better help and support their children when infertility is a factor in their lives. If you're in such a situation, you might get a little upset of angry even reading this, not wanting to hear parenting "tips" from someone who doesn't have her own children. But that's the reason why I'm writing this: I can't have kids because I'm dealing with infertility, so I've been there. I'm living it right now. And I've heard from a lot of other women and men who have battled infertility and how it strained their relationships with their parents - and also how their parents did or didn't help make the situation better. Let me share a few things I've learned through the years, so please read on with an open mind.