What if the idea of home was different than what everyone else was doing, would that be so bad? For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to build a “home away from home” to visit on the weekends, and Christmas with my daughter. Here is an interesting article on just such a place.
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It’s the beginning of a new chapter in your life and everything just has to be perfect. I get it. The nerves from new parents realizing how important this really is, are at maximum capacity. Raising the child they always dreamed of.. Is not easy. If it was easy, this entire universe would be nothing but happiness with the sun shining and pots of gold at the end of each rainbow you see. But, unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.
Here’s a helpful list of Do’s and Don’ts for new parents:
1. DO take care of your personal hygiene. We get so ahead of ourselves raising our new born, that we forget how to manage our own health and well-being. Brush your teeth every once in a while. Shower in the sink if you have to.
2. DON’T raise your voice out of frustration. Emotions can be running high and you were having the crappiest day known to mankind. It doesn’t give you an excuse to shout at anyone. Happens to the best of us. Meditate upon the wee hours of waking up for a few minutes. Practice the art of relaxation.
3. DO photograph as many moments as you can. Be it from your iPhone, DSLR, or disposable camera. Pictures can mean a thousand words and if not, more. Reminiscing with your child as they get older, you wouldn’t believe the adoring reactions of seeing their own baby pictures for the first time.
4. DON’T neglect the safety of your toddler. Beware of any smaller toys or items that may cause choking. That Hot Wheels race car might look harmless to you but is considered a hazard to young babies. Read the boxes of toys before purchasing. Many will give you the appropriate age the toys are geared towards.
5. DO be careful when holding your child. Support will be needed for their head and neck, as they are still very weak and not able to hold their own weight. The same rules apply for when you carry or pick them up.
Do you have any of your own helpful Do’s and Don’ts for new parents?
Post them in the comments below!
Are you a leader? This next topic is near and dear to my heart, and that topic is Leadership. Being a leader isn’t always what we think it is. What I mean is, in order to be an effective leader one of the biggest personal traits that you have to possess is the ability to listen and make good decisions. Even more so when the Army you are leading is your family, or child.
Maybe it’s the modern society, or maybe it’s the fact that since the baby-boomer generation the role of Father’s has been under attack. Whatever it might be, strong fathers are still needed.
Statistically speaking, it’s said that 90% of Male prison inmates grew up without a father. I’ve pondered at just why that is. Not the stats, but why it was that fathers left, and from what I can gather, it has to do with divorce, and a failed court system.
We all know that this is not right, that it takes both parents to raise a psychologically healthy child. And it is sad when a child is not given that option. So again I ask, are you a leader? Continue reading