Being a parent is a full-time job, and it’s certainly no walk in the park. You have to be in parent mode 24/7, and it can often feel as though you don’t have time to relax. Parenting can be exhausting, but it can also be rewarding and blissful (once you’re used to little sleep, and drinking black coffee, of course).
To keep parenthood as smooth sailing as you can, then be sure to read ahead and learn how to be fully prepared, to take a deep breath, and allow time for yourself.
If you’re Expecting
If you are expecting a child in the next coming months or even imminently, then it’s time to listen up and make notes. The birth of a child is a momentous time in your life, but it’s also incredibly nerve-wracking, and if it’s your first then you’ll have no idea of what to expect. There is no manual, and it will probably feel as though you’re flying blind until you begin to find your rhythm. Some items are necessary to acquire when you’re expecting, and since you know you’re going to need them, then it’s a good idea to buy them once you know your due date. These include sourcing a good-quality all weather pram (be sure to read stroller reviews first), as well as a cot, Moses basket, sterilising equipment, a breast pump, plenty of clothes, a baby bath, and all the decoration needed to kit out the new arrival’s bedroom.
If you prepare for the worst, then you can be pleasantly surprised when events don’t take a terrible turn for the worse; when tantrums are had, messes are made, you get lost with three screaming children – you get the picture. Whenever you leave the house, you should be prepared and happy in the knowledge that you’re prepared.
Most parents have an all-purpose bag that can sling around the pram, or around their person that’s loaded with essentials like baby wipes, towels, extra nappies, a changing mat, snacks, a small first aid kit, and some devices used to entertain and distract young children like toys and games.
Go one step further by ensuring that you never run out of battery on your phone by keeping a portable charger with you, as well as spare change (money), a spare change of clothes for your kids, sun cream, Calpol, and a bottle of water.
Inviting a babysitter over to watch your kids while you go out isn’t cheating, and it doesn’t make you any less of an attentive, devoted, and caring parent. It just means that you value having a couple of hours in the week to relax and wind down and better equip yourself for looking after your kids with grace, patience, and willing.
You still need to have fun, and as long as your kids are safe and happy at home, then where’s the harm? If you’re lost as to where to turn to, ask within your family or make sure that you’re hiring an experienced and trustworthy individual so that you can focus on having a few hours to chill out completely.