When you become a parent, you join a type of exclusive club where only you can relate to each other when it comes to certain things. Abacus Ark Nurseries have listed the top five things that all parents can relate to.
1. 'Sleep' has a completely different meaning to parents
How many of us have sat there thought "it'll all go back to normal once our baby starts sleeping through"? Now hands up how many of you know that it really doesn't! It's far from that. When you become a parent, you spend the next 18 or so years in a weird, half-sleep state where you're ready to spring out of bed at the slightest noise. You also switch to a permeant body clock of 6am starts whether your children are at home or not.
2. Leaving the house is a mission
Nothing compares to the level of organisation needed when trying to leave the door with a newborn or threenager! There are odd moments in between then and when they're older where it isn't as bad, but at those key development ages, it's a nightmare. For new parents, it's the lesson of learning just how many nappies you need to take, have you made up enough bottles and do you have enough spare clothes. By the time you've finally packed it all, you're an hour late and it seems pointless.
TIP: Just leave your change bag constantly stocked up with it's open spare clothes and nappy supply. I've met so many parents who pack it, empty it when they get home, then re-pack the next day?! MADNESS!
3. There’s no manual
This is the one we all know. Everyone says it from the day they find out you're pregnant "There's no manual to being a parent". Somehow, in that haze of sleepless night, we forget that. It's also the thing you do have to keep telling yourself though. Every child is different and so is every family. So many people will decide to follow one parenting book and then panic when it doesn't work. You just have to keep trying different things until you find what works for you.
4. Children are FULL of germs....
...but that's okay! Before you have children, the thought of touching a child's snotty nose is repulsive. Once you have a child, it's a daily task! Snot, vomit, poo and wee, you encounter it all. It can be a blessing though. Contact with germs helps your child build a strong immune system which will be a big benefit when they reach school age.
Obviously there is a difference between being full of germs and being ill so do keep an eye on them and call a doctor if needed!
5. You’ll never be the same again
Long after your children leave the house to start their own lives, your entire life will still revolve around them and trying to do the best you can for them. You’ll hardly recognise the worry-free, spontaneous person you once were... but that’s ok, because you won’t regret a thing.
People talk about how parenting is all you do for 18 years then you're free, but we all know that 1) we never will be and 2) we don't want to be!
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