Life & Style Weekend - - YOU - STAY AT HOME MUM WORDS: JODY ALLEN Jody Allen is the founder of Stay at Home Mum. Visit stay­ath­ome­

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.

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