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10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Parent

by Laurence-Emmanuelle Bédard Published on April 4, 2015

Raising a child is an adventure full of surprises. No matter how many books you've read, parental forums you've attended, and advice your friends have offered, nothing can fully prepare you to become a parent. That's why the video “Extra Space Storage” has quickly gone viral. Moms and dads to be: here are 10 things you need to know!

It is not a secret that becoming a parent changes your life dramatically. A baby comes with challenges and questions. These parents have some tips from which you will surely benefit if you are expecting a baby, and that will make you smile if you've already been down that road. While raising a child is an adventure, here we are reminded that there is nothing more beautiful than being a parent, and we must be grateful to be given the chance.


10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Parent

1. Do what works for you. Do not be fooled by what you find on the Internet. Whatever you are doing is probably the best thing to do according to some, and the worst of the worst according to others. So, rely on your instincts so. In other words: don't let what others think affect you.

2. Get on a schedule. Parenthood moves at a frantic pace. It is essential to be organized if you want to enjoy a few moments rest.

3. Take time for yourself! Whether it's 20 minutes to go for a walk or let the little ones stay with their grandparents, you need to take time for yourself. Allow for time to go out once a week with your partner – a matter of finding yourself.

4. Get to know your child and to appreciate him for who he is. Do not try to change her or make her become something that she is not.

5. Be ready for the unexpected! Anything can happen. Everything will happen. Get ready for all eventualities.

6. Make room for the baby, both emotionally and physically. A baby takes up space! The stroller, the second stroller, clothes, the car seat, diapers, changing table, toys, all this takes up space! And what about your schedule?!

7. Enjoy every moment because time passes very quickly. Before long, you will be looking back and remembering all those magical moments with nostalgia.

8. All the mess, the crying, and the fights are worth it. Just be grateful for your children.

9. Everything will be fine. Don't get down on yourself.

10. What you least expect when you become a parent will come to pass, which is why you can't really prepare yourself. But… be prepared to love!

So be sure of yourselves, let things be and they will be fine!

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by Laurence-Emmanuelle Bédard
Jouez et gagnez une eau de parfum La vie est Belle !
J'en profite !

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