Parenthood. Where do we begin? The magnificent journey that gives us little giggles, midnight cuddles, and a love you couldn’t imagine before, yet brings along some serious responsibilities, sleepless nights, and the constant tug-of-war between personal wellbeing and family needs. Is it even possible to find our foothold in maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle in this cascading waterfall of endless tasks and adorable little beings who depend on us? How can we cherish and navigate the ins and outs and chaos of parenthood while still controlling our health and fitness journey?
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I grew up in a single parent household and have many friends in this situation now. It can be extremely stressful. Juggling work, kids, and household responsibilities can be overwhelming. Therefore, it's important to take time for yourself and find ways to cope with the stress of single parenthood. That said, this blog post will discuss some tips on how to manage the stress of being a single parent. It is useful for the stress of parenthood full stop!
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Technically, it probably isn’t entirely possible to prepare for parenthood. Parenting isn’t something that comes with an instruction manual, and although you might ask friends and family for advice, every child and every parent is different – what works for one might not work for another. That’s why even parents of more than one child might have different experiences with their second, third, or later children than they did with their first.
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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.VIEW the POST
While preparing to enter parenthood there were many concerns that I attempted to deal with. On the verge of such a tremendous shift in lifestyle you do your best to prepare. I painted what would be the nursery. My partner and I searched for the right pram, the right cot. I was on a mission to find the right soft toy that would become my baby girl’s favourite - I succeeded with a monkey. Something I didn’t plan on, however, was the loss of so much space. In my ignorance, I assumed a tiny baby weighing 3 kilos wouldn’t take up all that much room.VIEW the POST
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!VIEW the POST