Today at a friend’s baby shower, the guests were invited to speak words of wisdom and encouragement to the mother-to-be. Since I’ve only been a mom for 9 years, I don’t feel qualified to give parenting advice, but I can share what I’ve learned thus far:
- Always put your husband first. Tend to your marriage and put in the work required to make it good. Teach your kids how to love and respect others through the daily example of your relationship with your husband.
- Let Dad care for the baby in the way he knows how. It may not be the same way you do things, but it’s his way and it’s special to him and the baby.
- You don’t really need all that stuff.
- If the baby doesn’t sleep when you want him/her to, keep in mind they will eventually fall asleep and will not stay awake forever. And babies don’t usually starve themselves either.
- Try not to make any huge decisions when you are over-tired and hormonal.
- Take time for God and you… time to refuel your soul and remember who you are. It’s so worth it.
- The most important things a child needs are love and a safe place to grow.
- Having a like-minded community is priceless.
- Pray in the specifics (i.e. successful nursing, restful naps, losing your baby weight, teachers, friendships, who they will marry, knowing their Savior, grasping learning, loving to worship).
- The bathroom is your sanctuary.
- You learn a lot about your kids in the car.
- It really does go by fast.
What have you learned thus far?