To begin with, extended family is the original and best parenting assistance service there is. Even if you don’t get on with your in-laws now, after having a baby, you will appreciate them being around and helping to look after your child. Thankfully I do get on with my in-laws and I know I am lucky as they have helped me a lot along this parenthood journey. Becoming a parent is both the most rewarding and the most challenging thing you will ever have to do, as each stage brings with it its own set of challenges.
Now as most of you know who follow my blog, I am far from the perfect Mummy. I forget their school kits all the time, take them to school with their hair unbrushed or even worse uniform on inside out! It can be stressful trying to remember to do the mental checklist before you leave the house and those first days of school are harder. Because its the first day of school!
There is no occasion more beautiful than celebrating the blessing of a baby. Whether it’s your own baby shower or that of a loved one, toasting the bub and mummy-to-be is the first of many treasured memories the two will share. Now tailoring a baby shower worthy of nine months of discomfort – that’s the task at hand!
If you are currently gearing up to have a ‘big talk’ about the future with your elderly parents, you’re probably feeling a bit nervous about the outcome. Thankfully, I do not have to worry about this as both of my parents are in their 50’s, but it does make me worry about how things will be. Especially as I have watched how things with my GrandFathers have developed over the years, it’s difficult. It’s an emotional rollercoaster for everyone involved. While making decisions on behalf of a mentally diminished parent can be emotionally draining, there are fewer worries about how to approach the situation and how to bring up the subject of outside care. With cognitively able parents, it can be tough just getting past the mental barrier that says ‘I’m the child. I can’t be in charge of this.’
The challenges of parenthood have a way of making you wiser over time, especially if you’ve prepared yourself for the journey. Social workers build careers around helping people improve their lives, and this knowledge and expertise can certainly transfer over to parenting. While there are different areas of the field that specialize in youth-related issues, all social work revolves around certain concepts and practices that can be beneficial in a child’s upbringing. With that said, here are 5 valuable parenting lessons learned from people while earning their MSW online:
Noah loves his football club sessions, he looks forward to charging about on a Wednesday evening and now looks forward to doing this with Daddy. Daddy has started coaching the little ones too. It’s nice that they have a hobby that they enjoy together. Noah is getting faster, better and more agile with the ball and it really shows each week.
I have been thinking of these things for a few weeks now, just some of the hurdles that become hugely impossible when you have children and frustrating struggles that overtime are quite comical. Apart from the obvious examples, not finishing a cup of tea or a conversation and going to the toilet unaccompanied, to name but a few. These are more of the less obvious but still equally as hilarious.
One thing that every parent is sure of is that accidents happen. But, apart from being able to rub a sore knee better or kiss away a boo-boo, which first aid skills are absolutely essential when you’re a mom or dad? In an emergency situation, would you be able to know what to do before the ambulance arrives? It may be every parent’s worst nightmare, but being able to perform effective first aid on your child could be the difference between life and death. Whether you’re expecting your first child or are a parent already, here are some vital first aid skills that you should definitely learn.
Munchkin carried out a survey, to celebrate the launch of the new Click Lock cups, on how mums & dads feel about parenthood. The international baby brand polled 2,000 UK parents and confirmed it can take them up to two years to get to grips with parenthood, with 58% of mothers fearing they would never get to grips with it. It’s not just mum worrying about herself either, with two thirds stating it takes dad a long time to adjust to their new role. Even before the birth over half of respondents said they felt scared and just under half felt nervous about the impending arrival showing that this worry for parents starts long before baby is born. The report showed that nearly two thirds of mums said that they didn’t feel they could confide in anyone if they didn’t feel it had all clicked into place with the most popular response stating that they thought it was something that everyone felt and they didn’t want to make a big deal out of it. If mums did turn to someone it was more than likely their own mum, with 5% asking their mother-in-law. Top Ten things that mums felt had […]
The Small Wonders DVD has been created as a resource for parents of sick and premature babies using the knowledge and skill of over 100 experts in neonatal care and 14 families who allowed Best Beginnings to follow their individual journeys in caring for premature babies. UK-based child health charity Best Beginnings, working with six medical Royal College, UNICEF and more than 15 other organisations, is rolling out a national Small Wonders Change Programme implemented by over 400 nurse, doctor and midwife ‘Champions’ within hospitals throughout the UK to help families of premature and sick babies in the UK irrespective of their socio-economic group, receive the same high quality family-centered care. At the centre of the programme is the Small Wonders DVD, which is the culmination of two years of intensive work for Best Beginnings and follows fourteen families, charting the real-life experiences the parents faced as they met, cared for, and returned home with their premature or sick baby. With 80,000 babies in the UK each year born either premature or sick it is designed as a tool to enable neonatal staff to support and advise parents through their baby’s stay, and encourage parents to play a pivotal role […]