Parenting – 10 Tips

So, you’re going to have a baby. 

You’re going to have a baby.

You’re going to have a baby.

You’re going to get a lot of advice.

Ignore 90% (ninety percent) of the advice. It’s worthless. Here’s some good advice.

Ten things I wish I knew before I became a parent.

Number ten:

Everything you’re doing is probably the best to somebody and the worst thing you can possibly do to somebody else. So, just do what works for you and don’t get on the internet. Because you can google anything, and everybody has an opinion.

You don’t know how to take care of him.

Do not care one ounce what other people think about you.

Bam!

Yeah!

Number nine:

Get on a schedule. Get on a schedule. Get on a schedule…if you want to live.

Schedule is key to sleep. Schedule.

Number eight:

Everybody leaves this out.

So parenting is hard. You can’t…sometimes you just can’t handle it.

Take just an hour. Go to Grandma’s. Drop the baby off. Go get some ice cream. Take a 20-minute nap.

Make a date night once a week and don’t skip it.

Number seven:

This is important!

Instead of, like, having to mold them to what you want…

Discover who they are, and let ‘em (abbreviated “them”) be.

Number six:

Be prepared for the unexpected, because it will happen.

Like, maybe the possibility of having twins.

There is a chance that your baby could go flying down a hill and then roll out of her car seat onto the road, which may have happened.

Number five:

You’ve gotta (got to=have to) make room for the baby.

Crib, changing table, car seat, stroller – two strollers actually – a bassinette that went into our room, even though he had a crib in his own room. And their toys!

More crap!

He had his own room! The baby’s five pounds. He has his own room, right? I don’t have my own room.

Number four:

You’re going to look back, and you’re going to say, “I wish those times would come back.  So, keep ‘em. Don’t give them all away.

They’ll only wear it once, but you’ll keep it forever.

Memories are the only thing that you’ll have left after all is said and done.

Number three:

Be grateful for your kids.

Be grateful!

Things that you aren’t prepared for can turn out to be good things in the end.

Oh, yeah. Worth it! All the poop and snot and screaming and crying and fighting… Worth it! All of it. Totally worth it.

Cherish every single minute. You would never have asked for the challenge. But we were so grateful for what she taught us. We’re grateful every day for her life. The best thing that ever happened to us.

Number two:

Don’t be too hard on yourself.

It’s going to be okay.

Some days you’re just not going to have a lot of patience, and that’s okay.

It really is all just spilled milk. (spilled milk=no harm’s done)

The house can wait. All of the chores can wait.

You have to remember that this is a massive change in your life, and you’re going to feel every emotion there is to feel, those deep, deep, deep emotions on either side of the spectrum.

Yeah.

Number one:

The one thing that you just, you can’t understand, that you can’t prepare for, that you’re not going to know until you experience is…

All the love.

Be prepared to love something more than you ever thought you could, because you haven’t…you haven’t yet.

And it’ll be the best thing that you’ve ever done in your whole life.

If I wasn’t a mom, I can’t imagine. It’s been too wonderful.

So, you’re going to have a baby. 

You’re going to have a baby.

You’re going to have a baby.

You’re going to get a lot of advice.

Ignore 90% (ninety percent) of the advice. It’s worthless. Here’s some good advice.

Ten things I wish I knew before I became a parent.

Number ten:

Everything you’re doing is probably the best to somebody and the worst thing you can possibly do to somebody else. So, just do what works for you and don’t get on the internet. Because you can google anything, and everybody has an opinion.

You don’t know how to take care of him.

Do not care one ounce what other people think about you.

Bam!

Yeah!

Number nine:

Get on a schedule. Get on a schedule. Get on a schedule…if you want to live.

Schedule is key to sleep. Schedule.

Number eight:

Everybody leaves this out.

So parenting is hard. You can’t…sometimes you just can’t handle it.

Take just an hour. Go to Grandma’s. Drop the baby off. Go get some ice cream. Take a 20-minute nap.

Make a date night once a week and don’t skip it.

Number seven:

This is important!

Instead of, like, having to mold them to what you want…

Discover who they are, and let ‘em (abbreviated “them”) be.

Number six:

Be prepared for the unexpected, because it will happen.

Like, maybe the possibility of having twins.

There is a chance that your baby could go flying down a hill and then roll out of her car seat onto the road, which may have happened.

Number five:

You’ve gotta (got to=have to) make room for the baby.

Crib, changing table, car seat, stroller – two strollers actually – a bassinette that went into our room, even though he had a crib in his own room. And their toys!

More crap!

He had his own room! The baby’s five pounds. He has his own room, right? I don’t have my own room.

Number four:

You’re going to look back, and you’re going to say, “I wish those times would come back.  So, keep ‘em. Don’t give them all away.

They’ll only wear it once, but you’ll keep it forever.

Memories are the only thing that you’ll have left after all is said and done.

Number three:

Be grateful for your kids.

Be grateful!

Things that you aren’t prepared for can turn out to be good things in the end.

Oh, yeah. Worth it! All the poop and snot and screaming and crying and fighting… Worth it! All of it. Totally worth it.

Cherish every single minute. You would never have asked for the challenge. But we were so grateful for what she taught us. We’re grateful every day for her life. The best thing that ever happened to us.

Number two:

Don’t be too hard on yourself.

It’s going to be okay.

Some days you’re just not going to have a lot of patience, and that’s okay.

It really is all just spilled milk. (spilled milk=no harm’s done)

The house can wait. All of the chores can wait.

You have to remember that this is a massive change in your life, and you’re going to feel every emotion there is to feel, those deep, deep, deep emotions on either side of the spectrum.

Yeah.

Number one:

The one thing that you just, you can’t understand, that you can’t prepare for, that you’re not going to know until you experience is…

All the love.

Be prepared to love something more than you ever thought you could, because you haven’t…you haven’t yet.

And it’ll be the best thing that you’ve ever done in your whole life.

If I wasn’t a mom, I can’t imagine. It’s been too wonderful.

Just relax. You’re going to be great, hopefully.  

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