From your very first day as a new parent, you seem destined to struggle with the feelings of guilt that come as part of the deal. Am I doing enough? Am I a good parent?
Relax; you’re already doing more than enough.
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You’re a superhero because…
- You read hundreds of bedtime stories.
- Or read ONE story hundreds of times.
- You change hundreds of nappies.
- And cautiously ‘investigate’ even more.
- And often end up with the hazardous contents (the number twos) all over your hands, in situations where running water is nowhere to be found.
- You change nappies in your car (badly parked after you come to a screeching halt)/at the beach (under a barrage of disapproving stares)/in the pram at a restaurant with no baby changing facilities/in filthy public lavatories and many other theoretically impossible places.
- You get your child to fall asleep. Every evening.
- And back to sleep 5-15 times more before morning (and anything from about 4 a.m. counts as ‘morning’ to a baby).
- You comfort your baby and breastfeed/bottle feed them every night. Despite your own severe and chronic exhaustion.
- You abandon your freshly brewed coffee as soon as your child cries or calls for you. Even though the thought of that coffee was the ONLY thing keeping you going.
- You somehow extract enough sustenance from some leftover baby food, half a mug of coffee (cold, naturally) and two lint-covered boiled sweets you find in a pocket, to power you through the next 12 hours.
- You still manage to pack everything you need (plus a few extra items) in the nappy changing bag. Despite the above-mentioned exhaustion and unmet nutritional requirements.
- And if you do forget something, you improvise a genius solution. Baby bodysuit + water = baby wipe to remove poo. Baby hat + water = also a baby wipe to remove poo.
- You learn the subtleties of a foreign language called ‘crying’ in record time. All by yourself. With no help from tutors or dictionaries.
- You take care of a tiny newborn person AT THE SAME TIME as you recover from pregnancy and childbirth. Superpowers, dear parent, superpowers.
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