Being a parent is one of the most fulfilling jobs anyone can have.
No one is given a manual when you become a parent, so you want to make sure you’re doing the best you can.
Fisher-Price’s parenting expert Fiona Baker shares her top 5 parenting tips:
1) This too will pass - Parents can feel trapped in this fog of sleep deprivation and food refusal for what seems like years. But the vast, vast majority of children WILL end up sleeping all night, even if takes a few years, and one day they won’t spit their food back at you.
2) Trust in your instincts - Every health expert I’ve spoken to over the years, whether it be a paediatrician specialising in development or a psychologist who diagnoses autism spectrum disorders, they all say that it’s uncanny how intuitive parents can be. If you have a gut feeling about something, don’t be afraid to be persistent.
3) Exploit the digital world – but sensibly - The internet can be a parent’s best friend providing reassurance, support and advice. It’s not surprising that the Fisher-Price survey found that more mums (33%) looked to the ‘net when they felt overwhelmed than their friends (31%) or even mother’s group (21%). But while the internet can be a fabulous resource, not every site is factually correct or has a parent’s best interest at heart. Choose reliable sites for information and never use Google to diagnose.
4) Your kids won’t remember if your floor was swept - But they will hopefully have lots of lovely memories of spending time with you. Because kids prefernothing more than hanging with their parents, doing activities together andgetting a parent or two’s undivided attention. And if you can’t relax until the floor is clean or the washing folded, share the task with your partner, or if you can manage it, outsource your cleaning every fortnight or so.
5) Don’t forget your relationship - For many of you, this bub may have sprung out of love but it’s amazing what stress this little being can place on a relationship. There’s quite a lot of research now that shows that the vast majority of parents say their relationship suffers in that first couple of years of being a parent. Be aware of this and try to build into your daily and weekly life time to be with your partner – even if it’s only 10 minutes on the back deck after the tots are in bed having a cuppa together.