Parenting Lessons I Wish I Had Known Before Having Kids

Parenting Lessons I Wish I Had Known Before Having KidsAfter six and a half years of parenting three children, I’ve learnt many lessons along the way. Here are some of the things I wish I’d known at the beginning of my motherhood career… 

Fretting over lost sleep is a futile mission. We can help ourselves by doing certain things to counteract the deprivation, but ultimately until they start embracing the land of nod, we just have to suck it up.

Kids will eat when they are hungry. One day they’ll woof down anything you put in front of them, the next they’ll turn their noses up and have a few nibbles of a sausage or piece of cheese and that’s about it. Trying to force feed them is as futile as worrying over whether or not they’ll sleep that night.

A real friend would never get annoyed for cancelling plans at the last minute. An even better friend would ask if they could help you out in your hour of need.

One on one time with the kids is precious for you both. Take every opportunity you can to get as much of it as possible.

When the wee ones are speaking, look them in the eye and properly listen.

Take their concerns seriously, no matter how unfounded they may seem. You are and will always be their biggest advocate.

Your gut instincts are your most valuable parenting asset, tune into them, and trust them.

Unsolicited advice can be annoying, but almost always comes from a kind hearted place, don’t take it too personally.


The people who are judging your choices are actually projecting resentment over their own failures and regrets. It’s not about you, it’s about them.

It’s best to admit defeat and do (at least) one load of washing every day to avoid a mountain piling high.

Random bugs come and go, and rarely last longer than two days. There is no need to see a doctor every time someone has a temperature or slightly sore throat.

TV totally has its place, and will be the cheapest babysitter you’ll find.

Play dough might be messy, but it brings them such joy, and is very therapeutic for us adults to play with. It’s too easy to make, and will save a small fortune.

Baking with little helpers might take three times as long, but is so worth it to see the pleasure on their faces when they’re licking the spoon.

Some days you’ll surpass yourself, and others you will question whether you should be allowed to be in charge of a goldfish let alone small people.

BUT! As long as you can put your hand on your heart and say you’re doing your best, you have NOTHING to feel guilty about.


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