TO ERR IS TO BE A PARENT
Nothing is more frightening and demanding in life than becoming a parent. For those who have not had children yet, most mums and dads will agree you will never be prepared. That is, until you have children beyond the first one. There are, however, a few common mistakes new parents make. If someone is kind enough to watch over your kid or do the laundry, take them up on the offer. We’re aware that in your pre-baby life you have probably declined offers like this and politely turned them down. However, your life today is different. So it’s advisable to take them up on it because you need help just to visit the salon and have some “me” time. Another common mistake is that new mums worry excessively. Other than legitimate health concerns and safety, chances are you are making yourself crazy. Don’t stress yourself too much – everything will be fine. However, if another parent’s advice to rub rum on your baby’s gum or ignore that weird rash or to do some other thing, seems ridiculous to you, it probably is. It doesn’t matter if that person has years of experience when it comes to parenting. You are still the mum of your child. Keep in mind, too, that children reach growth milestones at different times. Perhaps your friend’s kid is already cruising and crawling, while your precious little gem is still figuring out how to roll back on to their stomach. Know that children tackle milestones at their own pace, and it does not make yours an underachiever if they haven’t worked some stuff out yet.