Tips To Become A Better Parent

Parenting is one of THE hardest jobs in the world. Everyone parents differently! Just because we disagree with the way others do it does not make it wrong. Here are my tips on becoming a better parent.

Let go of what you think others may think

I feel like such a hypocrite writing this because this consumed me with my first. This time around I don’t care what others think. Little is nearly three and has survived so I can’t be doing too badly ;)! Chances are you are already an amazing parent so in the words of Elsa ‘let it go!’.

Do not compare yourself with others

Instagram can make someones life look so amazing and I often find myself wishing that was me. Truth is you don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. Making homemade crafts everyday does not make you a better parent! If you have to cook chicken nuggets every night to survive then thats fine too.

Chose your battles

If your child wants the pink bowl after demanding the green one. Give them the damn bowl! If it isn’t indangering or damaging their life then sometimes you just have to give in. Set boundaries and teach them to respect that but pick your fights wisely!

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Take a break

Even the best of parents need a break sometimes. It is extremely important for our mental health and when Mum & Dad are happy chances are so will the children be!

Do not beat yourself up

You have totally got this whole parenting malarky! Your child, your choice. If they are healthy, safe and happy what more could you ask for?! There is no such thing as a perfect parent so keep up the good work!

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24 Comments

  1. January 4, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    Oh all of this is SO spot on. Choosing your battles is something I’ve really discovered this week with a hyper toddler.

    Emily xxx

    • Amy
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      January 4, 2017 / 12:55 pm

      Oh I feel your pain! I’m glad for a bit of routine back again ox

  2. January 4, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    I definitely needed to read this! I’m constantly worrying and fretting about how I’m doing as a new parent, have always been one to compare myself to others but you know what, it’s definitely time to take a back seat & just let him be happy and do his thing. We need to enjoy more of our babies especially when so young! Great post thank you ♡

    • Amy
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      January 4, 2017 / 12:55 pm

      You are so right! I put massive amounts of pressure on myself first time around and this time I’m just like whatever. Eat the dirt from he floor if you want too 😉 ox

  3. January 4, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    I completely agree with this, I am a new daddy and I think I’m getting on just fine. I have had a few disagreements with my mum as she is advising me differently on things such as feeding routines, burping etc. I mean these things may have worked for me but that was 32 years ago!

    • Amy
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      January 4, 2017 / 1:32 pm

      Some of the older generation are the worst! Things were so different back then. ox

  4. January 4, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    Great list! Picking your battles is definitely important, otherwise you;ll be constantly nagging and moaning when really it’s not a big deal

    • Amy
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      January 4, 2017 / 2:38 pm

      Definitely agree 🙂 ox

  5. January 4, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    Love this post, very powerful and very trrue! us parents can easily forget that we are doing a great job.

    Lindsey

    • Amy
      Author
      January 4, 2017 / 2:38 pm

      We are all doing an amazing job! ox

  6. January 4, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    These are some great tips! I need to start having some little breaks soon as it can get too much! x

    • Amy
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      January 4, 2017 / 3:14 pm

      I’m the same! But I hate the quiet when their not around haha ox

  7. January 4, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    What fantastic advice and so true! I wish I’d read this in the early years. I definitely feel more confident now I’m 4 years in 🙂 xx

    • Amy
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      January 6, 2017 / 9:47 am

      I wish I read this too aha! I remember it being so daunting. Me too – I feel I might actually have this parenting in the bag 🙂 ox

  8. January 4, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    Amen to taking a break – a twenty minute bath here and there can make all of the difference! Lovely post – will need to keep these in mind

    • Amy
      Author
      January 4, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Even a few minutes peace makes a difference 🙂 ox

  9. January 4, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    My husband and I definitely parent this way… though we call it ‘oh f*ck it’ parenting! Its much easier not to get wound up about tiny things once you learn how isn’t it! Great post!

    • Amy
      Author
      January 4, 2017 / 11:13 pm

      I’m getting so much better at it and this in turn is making us enjoy it so much more! Thank you ox

  10. January 5, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Some great tips – especially the one about not comparing yourself to others. It’s so easy to do that with social media around.

    • Amy
      Author
      January 5, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      I know! Once you let go it becomes so much more enjoyable 🙂 ox

    • Amy
      Author
      January 9, 2017 / 11:40 am

      Yeah it’s saved my bacon many a times ha! ox

  11. Roxanne
    January 9, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Great advice and tips we should all listen to! I agree with all of it xx

    • Amy
      Author
      January 9, 2017 / 9:50 pm

      Thank you ox

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