Being a first time parent can seem to be daunting and scary. You need to learn new skills and new vocabulary. Words like – diaper, burp, feed get a prominent place in daily discussions. In a small time frame, you turn from novice to pro at parenting.
In last few months, I have learnt few basics and also few myths have been broken. Let’s talk about them today.
Myth 1 – The world stops for all the parents after the childbirth.
Lucky are the parents, especially mothers who feel instant connection with their child. Personally, I had a mixed bag of emotions. I was elated at hearing my child’s first cry. But, as the minutes passed, I had a sinking feeling. Too many thoughts were running through my mind or others can even draw a blank. Expecting everyone to behave the same is unreasonable.
Myth 2 – Baby blues is not a real thing.
From pregnancy to parenthood is a big change. The raw emotions that mother goes through is a real thing. She is not acting out and needs your support. First few weeks can be tiring and getting little to no- sleep is an added factor for mothers to feel left out. Talk to people around you! Postpartum depression is a real thing and it’s alright to seek professional help for it.
Myth 3 – Kids comes before anything else. Always!
Yes, kids needs are important. The new-born depends on you for all the needs. Feeding, pooping,burping, sleeping – all these are life essentials. But, as a parent you also need a break. It’s okay to depend on others. Let a family member take over baby duties for few hours or hire a help.
Myth 4 – Your parenting style is the best one.
You carry the child all the time or you don’t. You let the child cry out sometimes or you cuddle them anytime they cry. What works for you might not work for others. Do not impose your parenting preference on others and also don’t be influenced by everything others say. Lets be real, you know the best when it comes to your child!
Myth 5 – Buying every XYZ toy advertised for helping baby’s brain development.
You need not spend tonnes of money on all the toys available in market. Simple DIYs and household items can also serve the same purpose. Ironically, I see kids around me more interested in the box packaging rather than the game inside the box. 🙂
Can you relate to any of these myths? Have you faced any other stereotypes associated with parenting, how did you manage it? Do share your thoughts with us in comments.
You can also read my previous post about things not to say to new mom here.
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