Here are some ways to help new parents adjust to the changes talked about in the past 2 posts (Becoming a New Parent) as comfortably as possible:
- Lower expectations – We are all hard on ourselves. As a new parent, you should not expect perfection. Life will be tough for everyone at the start. You are going to make mistakes, and that is okay.
- Take special care to nurture your relationship with your partner – The most important relationship in the family is the couple’s. You are in this together. It is important to take care of your relationship in times of stress. Take time to communicate with your partner and try to find time to be together.
- Lower housekeeping standards – If you had an immaculately clean house before your new baby, you may need to lower your standards. You need your energy to take care of your baby and for spending time with your partners. It’s okay to ask for help from family and friends. Make a list of what needs to be done and have fun doing household chores together with your partner. Take turns making meals. It can be time spent together that is not only productive, but fun!
Remember that there is no right or wrong way to parent your child.
(Centre for Effective Parenting)