Although, of course, each and every item is labelled as 'essential' for new parents, most of the things you're told you need, you don't need at all. This should help you pick out those items that will actually ease your transition into parenthood from those that may be cleverly marketed, but that you can live without.
You see, I thought we ran a pretty tight ship. No Haribo for breakfast, bed at the same time every night, meals around the table as a family and the remembrance of manners at appropriate times, especially with the golden generations.
When I had my daughter, I relaxed a little more into the role. Maybe I felt that having two children, and the doubling of work that entailed, was more worthy of my staying at home. Perhaps with two I could now justify the breaks I crave, the exhaustion I feel and the money I spend.
#20 You can't have anything nice -at least for the next 18 years. Anything nice, precious, expensive or special will get destroyed. Babies, especially toddlers have a sixth sense for objects of importance and make it their sole mission to break, stain or demolish anything you love.
You may have heard the phrase, "having a baby won't fix your marriage/relationship" - and quite rightly so. In some cases, bringing new life into the world may make the bond between you and your partner stronger in the long run, but first you have to get through the challenges that come with a new baby!
If we look at AI from a human perspective, the technology is designed to assist us and make our life more convenient. It, however, cannot teach as human values and ethics. Regardless, the technology seems to be winning the hearts of parents and it is expected to carry out that purpose more efficiently in the coming future.
Life as a SAHM can be brilliant but it can also be monotonous and quite lonely. Playgroups are sometimes my saviour and often I want to go for me more than him, but some weeks I just want it to be him and me and then I feel guilty that I'm not entertaining him with other children.
If I ever find myself in some sort of tv-quiz-show-tiebreaker-situation and I'm asked to sum up the trials and tribulations of parenting in two words, I have already prepared my series winning answer: swimming lessons.
I'm not always working when I'm on my phone. Sometimes I'm researching how to help one of the children with a particular problem. Very noble but it could usually wait till they're in bed. Sometimes I'm just having a scroll through Facebook or chatting with a friend. The truth is my phone really helped me when the children were young and I felt isolated. That's probably why I've avoided thinking about how much I use it for so long.
Most men of my father's generation never changed nappies, were clueless about baby developmental milestones and would not have been able to put up a ponytail to save their lives! But they worked incredibly hard to make sure their families were provided for.