Here are a few things I’ve realized over the years as a parent. I’m sure there are even more things I will learn as I continue to parent my children through adulthood, but today, I share 7 simple things I wish I knew when I first became a parent…
- Accept that you will not have a full night’s sleep for quite a while (I assume at least a year), especially if you’re nursing. If you do get to sleep a full night, be super-duper thankful because you are blessed!
- Understand that there’s nothing “textbook” about parenting. While some ideas, concepts, tricks, and tips work wonderfully for some families, they may not fit yours – and that’s OKAY! Plus there are so many “textbooks” out there about parenting and some of them give conflicting information, so obviously it’s best to educate yourself then go with your gut!
- Find what works for you. As a new parent, you’re likely to receive a ton of unsolicited advice and suggestions. lol Don’t feel bad if a suggestion that worked so beautifully for a friend or family member does not work at all for you. Part of the “fun” of parenting is finding and figuring out what works for you, your family, and your child. On top of that, each of your children will be different. So parenting really, really keeps you on your toes!