The very first thing that changed was my attitude. I had been so sure of myself before I had kids. Now I felt clueless.
I discovered that sometimes breakfast for dinner wasn’t a bad thing!
Running up and down the stairs counts as cardio vascular exercise!
Candy does not cause hyperactive behavior!
You will never sleep as soundly after you become a parent as you did before, sorry no matter how well you sleep it is not the same!
There is nothing wrong with your kid crawling into bed with you when they are frightened.
Keep a wet wash rag in a baggie in your fridge, they are wonderful for teething pain!
Even if you have a dozen kids not one of them will be like any other, even twins are not always just alike. This means personality wise.
A child will make you stop and think daily, you will cry when you least expect to,laugh when you want to cry. You may even hear you own parents words coming out of your mouth!
Oh yes it happens trust me, I’m a parent!
Always remember that your child has “friends” your job is to be the parent.Period! Encourage them to try things on their own within reason of course.If a child learns how to resolve a conflict on their own it will help them in the long run.Never cringe when they want to confide or do a big GASP! This will drive them away.
I discovered the real meaning of ” I hate you go away!” was in reality, “I love you but I’m angry right now,let me cool off for awhile.” When you hear “I can’t!” don’t assume that you must rush in to fix things or do it for them, children are not as fragile or helpless as we think.
A handful of clay squished into a long lumpy cylinder is more precious than the finest work of art because your child made it for you.
One day you will discover that you have some imaginary people living with you, don’t worry they move in with all of us. I’m referring to “Not me” ,” Ida know”, & I don’t care”. These 3 will show as soon as your child begins to speak.However don’t worry too much, they soon become as familiar to you as your own kids. Then one day they are gone! They will return to live with your children when they have children of their own.
The biggest lesson I learned from parenthood was the fact that I really didn’t know anything,yet I knew everything.
I got thru it with a few scars but a whole lot of love. It gets easier as they get older.