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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Writer's workshop: Advice to new parents

This week, mama kat challenged me to give some advice to new parents. Never wanting to pass up an opportunity to make a list, here is my advice.

Relax. This isn't gonna be easy. You will be sleep deprived. Your MIL will be telling you one thing and your mother will be telling you something else.

Babies cry. Some more than others. There isn't anything you can do about it. If you need to take five, you should,

Babies sleep. Some more than others. There is nothing you can do about it. Adding cereal to their diet..won't help. In fact, it might make it worse.

Do your best. What worked for your mom might not work for you. What worked for you might not work for me. All we can do is our best.

Enjoy it. Friends will promise you it will get easier, but I am here with the truth. Each age has different challenges but it also has really cool rewards. It is exhausting when the kids are newborns, but as they grow they reveal their unique personalities.

Oh don't get me wrong they will still exhaust you, but it will all be worth it.

4 random thoughts:

Kristie Maynard said...

Great advice. I would probably add, if someone offers help, don't be "proud" take it. If a friend says they will come and watch the baby so you can get some shut eye, or get out to do some shopping or even to have a cup of coffee by yourself. DO IT!

Kim@The Family Practice said...

All we can do is our best. That pretty much hits the nail on the head. Dropping by from Mama Kat's...

Jenners said...

Good advice. And it is so true that if you ask 10 people for advice, they will tell you 10 different things so just listen to your inner mom.

Enfys said...

I love your plaintive little comment 'I am here with the truth'
I personally am in favour of letting children bring themselves up, pretty much what I did with my daughter and she turned out okay. It was all a bit samey by then and got a bit boring. So when at the age of 15 months she started insisting that she could dress herself (me do, me do), well I sort of shrugged and thought okay then. It kept her occupied for most of the day. Great tip.
Enfys x

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