4 Things You Didn’t Know You Will Have to Do as a Parent

4 Things You Didn't Know You Will Have to Do as a Parent

As we grow up we get more and more responsibilities. Responsibilities which make us grow and turn us into strong and independent people. One of our biggest responsibilities in life is being a parent. But parenting is not an easy feat. It takes a lot of patience and effort. Above all, it’s important to place your children’s needs before yours. In order to prepare you for the 24-hour job that is parenting, we have singled out typical points that you probably didn’t know you will have to do as a parent.

1. Sleep? What’s that?

As soon as you bring your baby into the new home and into the crib, things will start to change rapidly. Although you may think that you are prepared for this 24-hour commitment, you will start to feel like you are losing it after surviving a week on 3 hours of sleep. You will have to face the fact that babies wake up in the middle of the night for various reasons, such as loud sounds, hunger or a need for a diaper change. Luckily, in most cases there are two of you, which means that you can take shifts looking after the baby, you can hire a nanny or ask your friends and family for help. This will not only help you keep your sanity, it is also great for you to get some rest before going to work and not getting there looking like a tired mess.

2. Baby proofing your home

The next important step that you need to take is baby proofing the house. Start off by installing safety latches on all drawers and cabinets to protect them from accidentally pulling one and have something fall on them and hurt themselves. Of course, the easiest way to prevent them from grabbing something they shouldn’t is to place it on a high shelf where they can’t reach it. More importantly, if both of parents have to work during the day and the child has to stay at home, it’s very important to make the home safe for them. Make sure that there aren’t electrical devices plugged in that can cause a fire or cause them to electrocute themselves. Unfortunately, accidents tend to happen and therefore it’s important to have insurance. It is paramount to write a will and testament while your child is still young because you never know what’s going to happen in the future. 

3. Toys

First things first, don’t believe the rumor that you need to spend millions on baby stuff. Children don’t need to wear Gucci or Prada, so you just need to buy the essentials for them. Of course, make sure that they have quality clothes and food all the time. Many parents also believe that their children need to have a lot of toys so that they can have something to constantly play with. Kids are curious, and basically, anything is interesting to them if you make it that way. Keep in mind that they tend to throw away and get bored of most of their toys. The best you can do is make toys yourself, or buy building blocks for them to play with.

4. Expenses of having children

Children tend to get fascinated with various things throughout their life. At the beginning, it will be toys, but as they grow older and start developing hobbies. They will start asking for music lessons, dance lessons, equipment for science projects, books, etc. Additionally, if your child turns out to be an exceptional student, you may want to enroll them in high-end private school and college. Although quality schools provide your children with the best education, paying for tuition fees and books can be quite demanding.

As we can see, there are a couple of key points that make parenting a real challenge. What’s important is that you make sure your child is unconditionally loved, and that you help them lead a carefree life until they grow up and start being independent.