5 Favorite Parenting Lessons I've Learned So Far
Parenting is an ongoing learning experience. Throughout this process, I’ve learned so much about my baby girl and myself. Here are 5 of my favorite parenting lessons!
1. 15 heart attacks a day is normal
If you have little ones, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Anytime your child runs by the corner of a table, trips over a toy on hardwood floor, takes a misstep while climbing the stairs, touches an outlet...HEART ATTACK! These are the moments your heart pounds out of your chest for a second and you have to sit back to breathe easy again.
2. She’ll be alright
I used to freak out if I found Kalea tasting lotion, playing with toilet paper in her mouth, or just about anything that was not food near her mouth at all. One day I came across a poison control booklet for parents with a hotline to call in the event your child consumed anything they weren’t supposed to. I held on to that booklet everywhere I went only to find out that a little paper, vaseline, or lotion was not going to do her any harm. When I talked to my mom about it, her answer was, “Do you know how much paper you ate as a child?!”
3. Consistency is key
Consistency is so important for creating healthy schedules for children. One of the sacrifices I had to make as a mother was not staying out late with friends and not attending evening events in order to establish a bedtime routine for Kalea. As a newborn, this didn’t matter much because she slept anywhere and everywhere. As she got older, she always wanted to be part of the commotion. Now that her bedtime is 9pm, I’m home by 9 to put her to sleep. And while it was a sacrifice in the beginning, it is now our biggest blessing to know that when 9pm comes around, she’s able to fall asleep on her own.
4. Quiet means curiosity is kicking in
I usually put Kalea in her playpen while I’m getting ready to go out. As long as she’s making noise (talking or banging her toys), I know she’s alright. The moment she’s too quiet, something is up. And I don’t mean something is wrong; I mean something has caught her attention and she doesn’t want mommy to find out and take it away from her. And sure enough, there it is. “Kalea, what are you doing with that lint roller??”
5. Constant love and attention will not spoil her
One of my biggest fears was spoiling my daughter. But I also knew that I didn’t want to just let her “cry it out” at night to fall asleep or delay rescuing her after a fall. After reading Dr. Sears comments on attachment parenting, I realized that she is too young to be spoiled. At this stage, she needs to know that her parents are available whenever she needs them. Contrary to popular belief, attachment parenting styles help develop healthier and more independent children and happier parents!
Don't be afraid to share some of your parenting lessons so far in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you :)