Whether you’re becoming a parent, are a parent, or have plans of conceiving in the near future, the joy of being a parent is something that can’t be matched. We have to admit, going through the whole pregnancy thing is a bit of a bummer, but the end result is oh so worth it. Plus, the majority of women actually look back on their time being pregnant and wish that they could go through it all again. Yes, you might have to deal with the horrible pains, hormones, MANY bodily changes, but the joy of it all is just amazing. Now, you would think that the hard part is giving birth, or just going through the whole being pregnant process. But, you’re wrong. The hardest part for a lot of people is what follows after the birth. We are sure that you’ve heard a lot that becoming a parent, and being a parent, is something that will come naturally to you. But let us tell you, there are some things that just won’t come naturally, and your little bundle of joy will soon turn into a roaming nightmare at times. So, we’ve come up with a few tips that will allow you to truly enjoy the joys of being a parent, rather than tearing your hair out when things get rough.
Going Back To Work
So, you’ve got through the whole first what might seem like years of parenting, but really, you’re only just scraping the surface. When it comes to being a parent, money won’t really allow you to be at home all of the time, unless of course, your other half has a very good income. So, eventually, the time will come to go back to work, and for a lot of you, it’s going to be one of the most distressing times. Knowing that you’re having to leave your child for a few hours a day can be so heartbreaking, especially since you would have been around them 24/7, for 6 or more months now. But, we want to talk about this as we do think it’s one of the many joys of being a parent. For 6 or more months, being in the home and going on little mommy outings is all you’re going to know. Going back to work, believe it or not, will be a welcome break to your routine. However, we don’t recommend that you go back full time right away, going back part time is usually the best option. It gives you the freedom to get out of work and away from that mommy environment, and back to a bit of normal life. But, it still allows you to spend plenty of time with your child and allows more flexibility. If you hated your job that you once used to work in, we highly recommend that you go for something new, and experience something better in your life.
A Bedtime Routine
A bedtime routine is by far the most dreaded part of becoming a parent. You’re going to have to deal with more tantrums than ever before, and boy will you have to deal with some sleepless nights. You think a newborn is bad, try having a toddler who doesn’t want to sleep, and decides it’s time to play at 2 o’clock in the morning! So, you do not doubt going to go in search of tips to get kids to sleep better, we know a few for you. First of all, it’s all about going to be at the same time every night, with maybe a half an hour difference on the weekend as a ‘treat’. You’ll soon come to realize that as your children grow, they’ll want to be more and more like you, which involves staying up until all hours! The second tip we have is to go into quiet mode an hour before bed. All watch the TV, all read a few stories, and all of you snuggle up. If all of you do it, the chances are that your child will feel more involved, and they’re more likely to drift off to sleep during this hours. If you’re allowing them to run riot until right up before their bedtime, then they’re obviously going to have a nightmare on your hands if you expect them to chill out and go to bed straight away!
The Dreaded Potty Training
Potty training is a big part of their transition, and trust us, it makes them feel like they’re finally growing up. Because for a child, it can be so frustrating as being seen as a child, even at a young age! But, at the same time, potty training is such a big deal, and it can take months to master it. The best way to do it is to actually let your child learn in their own time. Don’t force them to sit on the potty every time they need a wee, teach them that when they do need a wee, that running to the potty is what they should do. Give rewards every time they do, and we guarantee that they’ll learn it so much quicker. Forcing them to go on the potty even if they don’t need to can bring disappointment to them, meaning it’ll take them so much longer to actually learn!
Now, some of the things we’ve spoken about might be a bit of a sarcastic joy, but getting through the other side will definitely bring your happiness. However, making memories is always going to bring a smile to your face, and no matter how old your children are, there are plenty of ways that you can make so many special memories. From their first swimming lesson to their first day at school. You don’t necessarily even need to be doing anything! We do recommend that you scrapbook every moment, and then when they’re ready to leave home, you can look back on all of the amazing things that you’ve done with them. Of course, filling their life with tons of days out, holiday’s, and family events is obviously going to fill their life with joy, as well as yours!