You have entered a world full of wonder and excitement when you become a parent. Suddenly, your life is no longer about you – it’s all about your child. The joy of holding your baby in your arms, feeling their tiny heart beat against your chest, and cooing at them to make them giggle is indescribable. If you’re out with your spouse or family, you’ll find yourself engaged in the most random and hilarious conversations as you try and soak in every moment with your loved ones.
One of the most significant events to happen to you after you give birth is the passing of the driving test. For the first time in your life, you are legally allowed to operate a motor vehicle on the road. If you’re a parent of a young child, this is a moment you will want to savor and celebrate with friends and family. One of the first things you’ll want to do is take your baby out for some fresh air in the stroller – maybe even an impromptu waddle around the block.
While you’re out and about, your newborn will probably be fussy, hungry, and bored. This is an ideal opportunity to feed them, change their nappy, and play some games with them. When you return to your vehicle, you’ll find a huge mess in the front seat and you’ll realize that no moment of your life will ever be the same again. Your baby will become an integral part of your everyday life and you’ll find yourself missing them when they’re not around.
As they get older, your children will become more independent and curious about the world around them. This is a stage that parents love to cherish and enjoy, as long as it lasts. Helping your children find their feet is significant for their emotional development and giving you a sense of accomplishment as a parent. When your kids reach 12 or 15 years old, they will begin to ask questions about the world and what is expected of them. These are questions you will want to answer truthfully but with some sensitivity. You don’t want to ruin your child’s innocent trust but you also don’t want to lie to them either. Letting your children know the truth about the outside world while also giving them the encouragement and support they need to develop into responsible and independent adults is something every parent strives for.
Even if you’ve had a terrible experience with teenage or immature behavior in the past, there is still hope for your child. After your kids turn 15, their hormones will finally settle down and they will begin to behave more responsibly. This is also the stage when friends will begin to ask questions about whether or not your kids are still living with you. It is perfectly normal for your kids to want to spend time with their friends and for their friends to begin to wonder where they are and if they’re ever coming back. While it’s not a bad thing for your kids to want to spend time with their friends, it’s important to remain engaged with them and be a positive role model. If your kids meet some of the challenges you’ve mounted against drugs and alcohol, it will give them the courage to do the same. Knowing that you’ve been there to support them and offer guidance is the best gift you could give them as a parent.
Set Realistic Expectations
Setting realistic expectations is key to a healthy relationship. If you think that being a parent will change you in ways you don’t like, it’s time to reassess your expectations. Just because your kid is now taller than you or can walk doesn’t mean they’re going to be perfect in every way. Similarly, just because they can talk doesn’t mean they have all the answers. Your kids will continue to grow and develop at their own pace, just like you did. Knowing this, you can ease your mind and lower your expectations enough to enjoy the time you spend with your family.
Enjoy Parent-child Activities
If you’ve always looked forward to having your own children, parenthood may still seem like a dream. However, being a parent does not mean that you have to be glued to your child’s side all day, every day of the week. There are so many activities you and your child can enjoy together. It’s sometimes difficult to know where to start, but one of the best things you can do is try and keep open mind about new experiences and activities. Take your children to museums, exhibits, and other cultural activities – anything that will engage them and allow you to enjoy time spent together. If you want an occasional night out with your spouse but still want to enjoy some parent-child time, take your kids to see a movie – perhaps even the animated classic Big Hero 6. The point is to have as much fun as you can while also being a responsible parent. You may find that being a parent is one of the most challenging jobs you’ve ever undertaken but also one of the most rewarding things as well. Just make sure you set aside time each week to relax and enjoy yourself – something that will undoubtedly make your children proud one day.