5 Things Every Parent Should Know

Hi Y’all! Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday! If you just found my blog, welcome and I would love to have you as part of my blogging journey.

Parenting..motherhood..it is definitely not easy. I sort of remember my life before children. I had my first child at 19! Yes, I know, way too young, but nonetheless I became a mother at a young age. It was quite shocking especially that young, but even now in my thirties, having a baby 6 months ago was life changing too. Having a baby at any age will change everything, so that is where the inspiration for this post came from. I wanted to be able to let you know some things about having children that I wish I knew before I became a parent.

Here we go..

1. Sleeping soundly is nearly impossible.

No matter what age they are, whether they are an infant or a teenager, they will wake you up and you will be tired. Of course, a baby you can’t just ignore, so yes the older they get the more sleep you get. But, the older they get the more they wake you up for the most random things, so be prepared for that.

My oldest two boys, ages 15 and 13, woke me up this morning because they were arguing over socks. **Rant over**  Long story, short, get sleep now while you still can before having a child.

2. They require a ton of attention.

Obviously, babies require attention, but it is incredible how much attention they actually require. I swear my 6 month knows the exact moment I am taking a minute for myself, and at that moment he decides he needs immediate attention. It is honestly the cutest thing too. My husband and I sort of joke about it. Just be ready to give them endless hours of attention. It will get better as they grow, and then one day they won’t even have time for you. 😥

3. They grow so fast.

Children grow fast. Their first year of life goes by in the blink of an eye and before you know it they are in high school. Cherish every moment that they are still little. Take lots of pictures and videos so that you can remember all of those incredible moments. Technology makes this one easy.

4. Do what works for you.

There is judgement every where, from social media to your own friends and family. There is always something that they have an opinion on. But just remember, this is your child and you know what is best for your child. So whether it is formula, breastfeeding, cloth diapers, disposables, organic or not, do what is best for you and your child. All that matters is that you and your child are happy.

5. No Parent is Perfect

Remember, as a new parent or even a seasoned parent, we all make mistakes. No parent is perfect. With parenting, we all learn as we go. There is no manual about how to be a parent and there isn’t a child out there that is exactly like another. So figure out what works best for you and your child and just remember as long as you are doing your best, you are doing great!

What are some things you have learned as parent?

Is there anything you wish you had known?

💕 -Jen

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2 thoughts on “5 Things Every Parent Should Know

  1. Great post! So true! I’m a new mother and I have twin toddler girls and it’s been quite a learning experience. I’m struggling with potty training. I’m doing the best I can.
    I agree when you said there’s judgement. I decided not to breastfeed and I could feel and hear other moms be judgmental or feel like they think better than me for breastfeeding their babies. To each their own. We are all doing the best we can.

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