Before becoming a parent, I thought I’d be the perfect mum. You know, the one that always cooks from scratch, takes her child on daily play dates or sits down and crafts with them until the sun goes down. Of course, my child wouldn’t watch TV until they were three, be out of nappies by the age of 15 months and eating her all food without moaning, especially carrots as those make you develop night vision, right?
I was convinced it would be true, because clearly it worked for all these other perfect parents out there, but let me tell you something: As soon as Amy started moving about, I got a wake-up call and was sent back straight to reality.
Parenting can be a pretty tough job, because sometimes you are pretty unprepared for what life as a parent throws at you. Think stroppy toddler, colicky baby and food refusal and pair them with uncertainty, sleep deprivation and every day worries. Sounds like a rough ride, doesn’t it and believe me sometimes this ride will make you feel like an absolute failure, but you aren’t. You can be stressed and worried sometimes and still be a great parent – without all the silly and outdated advice out there.
If you are struggling sometimes or you would like to learn more about parenting techniques, then why not check out CANparent? CANparent is is new initiative that the government are trialing and it’s aiming at providing high quality parenting classes to support the parenting skills of both mothers and fathers. Sounds good, doesn’t it? For more information, watch the video below or like CANparent over on Facebook.
Before you’re running off, make sure to tell me about your biggest parenting challenge to date and maybe how you dealt with it! I’d love to hear from you.
Disclosure: I was compensated for sharing this information with you, but I do think that parenting classes are a great idea and I am currently looking into those available in Bristol. Broadening your horizon can’t hurt, can it?