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Being a new parent is hard! I can’t imagine doing it alone. So here are some ways to keep your parenting life a little less stressful, have a happier family, and continue to be the best parents you can be.
whenever possible, make sure to take turns for any daily tasks/chores (bath time, dishes, diaper changes, laundry, etc.).
This is sooo important to your relationship. If your relationship suffers, so will your energy and ability to best care for your child. Find someone to watch the little one every once in a while (once a month if you can!).
It took me a while to figure this one out, but have found it so important to my health. Having a girls’ night once a month to get together, eat junk food and desserts, and just talk has been great to my energy level and happiness.
Whatever excited you as a family, do it! Get out of the house and find something fun to do, whether it is going to a park, going to yard sales (our favorite Saturday morning ritual), or whatever else you like. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just do it as a family.
When you have an infant, this play date is really for the moms. If you’re on maternity leave or have stopped working, it is sooo important to just get out of the house and be with other moms. As the children get older, it is important to give them time to play with other children their age or close to it. If none of your friends have babies their age, there are plenty of places that have mom groups that you could get into!
Whether it is reading a book, going for a walk, or listening to some music during naptime, after dinner, whatever…take it! Both mom and dad need some time ALONE every once in a while to do something quiet and calm.
Use Pinterest, talk to friends, think of things you did as a child (or talk to your parents). Be creative in the things that you spend time doing with your children. You don’t have to be one of those parents who are on Pinterest every day and creating fantastic things every night after your kids go to bed, just give variety in your child’s life so they don’t get bored!
What I mean by within reason, is that if your hobby is to play golf every weekend, all weekend, don’t keep that hobby. It isn’t fair to the rest of your family. What would be fair is taking some time out once or twice a month to play golf. If you’re in a league of some sort, stay in it. Just be reasonable with the time spent away from home.
Don’t be too proud to ask for help when it is needed. If grandparents live in town, ask them for help – they love baby time and it is often a huge treat for them…and a great break for you!
because sometimes, that is all you can do…