This is the Daily Prompt:
What two pieces of important advice would you share with first time or soon-to-be parents?
There is so much advice to share with a first time or soon-to-be parents; much of that advice would be important too. To try to limit advice to two pieces of important advice is very difficult.
From the bottom of my heart, my two pieces of important advice would be:
1) Breathe, and smile; you are doing a great job!
2) Accept right now that you WILL make TONS of mistakes, and it’s O.K.
I think that if you take in this advice, your parenting path will go a lot easier. If I had trusted in myself more, I would have saved myself a lot of self-doubt, anxiety, and grief. Advice is just advice! You can listen to it, but in the end you will do what is best for you and your baby at that particular time, in the particular circumstances that you find yourself in. Guess what? You’ll never know how something will turn out, until you actually try it! You have a 50% chance of getting something wrong. You also have a 50% chance of getting it right too! Listen to yourself more often…you’ll soon see that you are doing a good job after all. Stay strong.
Trust me on this one: YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE A LOT OF MISTAKES!!!!! When you make those mistakes, you’ll also learn that it’s o.k. to make mistakes. We are all humans. We all make mistakes. It’s with mistakes that we learn to do it right, and even then you’ll often discover that there are more ways to do one thing right. As time goes on, and as you learn to do things right (even after all of your mistakes), guess what? YOU WILL MAKE NEW MISTAKES!!! That’s right! You’ll be fine. Your baby will be fine.
We can not create perfection. We can only do the best that we can do! When in doubt, ask! When the answer doesn’t sound right, get a second opinion! If you feel like you are still unsatisfied, do some research! Eventually you will come to a decision on just about anything. You’ll still have a 50% chance of making the wrong decision….and 50% chance of making the right decision!
With all that said, please do one thing!
Enjoy every single second possible with your baby, because time really does pass us by.