Have kids, they said. It will be fun, they said. Having a baby and parenting, in general, has its ups and downs. Though new and experienced parents love to share their two cents about the topic, there are some things no one really tells you. It’s no secret that parenting is tough. You have a tiny human depending on you until their adulthood. Throughout this period, you’ll experience very high highs and low lows. Here are some parenting truths no one talks about.
- Your Baby Will Be Judged
Everybody likes to say, “all babies are a blessing” “all babies are beautiful” blah blah blah… In the back of their mind, they’re judging your baby as much as they’re judging your parenting. They’ll judge how you do their hair, how smart they are, how well they sleep and if they cry. It’s up to you as a parent to ignore them and trust your instincts. Besides, there’s no perfect parenting style. You just do what works for you and your family.
- Silence Will Scare You
It sounds crazy but that is one of those parenting truths you’ll come to realize all on your own. The one thing that scares new parents is a crying baby. However, over time, you’ll grow accustomed to the noise that silence will seem strange. Additionally, the running, screaming, crying is a healthy sign. Your child is getting to know his environment so he’ll want to check everything out. Instead of stopping this, you should create a safe environment for your baby to explore.
- All Diapers Are Not The Same
They say the first time your child leaks through their diapers and on to you will be your right of passage into parenthood. The size of your child and their bowel movements determine what kind of diapers to get. Of course, the first months will be a trial and error until you find that sweet spot. So, buckle up and don’t wear your favourite shirt.
- You Will Appreciate Your Genes
Beauty might be in the eyes of the beholder, but when it comes to babies, all of them are beautiful. Before becoming a parent, we think about how our children will look like. If they’ll have our nose, eyes, ears or smile. There’s nothing more beautiful than looking at your baby and seeing your features – even the ones you don’t like about yourself. Seeing their adorable face will make you truly appreciate your genes and reconsider how you feel about yourself.
- You Will Let Go Of Vanity
For the most part, your appearance will be the least of your worries. As your kids grow, they’ll want to involve you in their playtime. That means that you’ll have to do everything they want including getting your face painted with your favourite MAC lipstick. Additionally, you’ll start taking less time to get ready since you’ve spent most of the morning taking care of your kids.
All in all, despite these parenting truths, being a parent is one of the most rewarding things in life. You just need a positive outlook.
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