This post, written by Greg, originally appeared on MommyDaddyBlog.com.
I hear it all the time: being a parent is not an easy job, especially when you’re first-time parents. There are so many things to consider, so many new responsibilities to take on. After all, you are taking care of a new, fragile human life. So many new things come into perspective. You now put this new person before yourself. So many questions arise when you’re a new parent: How do I decide what’s best for my child? Is there anything I should encourage my child to do or not do? What if I make mistakes and what effect could those mistakes have on my child? Will the love that I give to my child be sufficient enough? Will I be a good parent? And the list goes on. These questions and more can lead new parents to the assumption that parenting is very difficult and stressful. And although I believe it can be to an extent, I also believe that there is an endless array of objects that can make parenting a little easier.
Which is why I want to hand the mic over to YOU! I’m referring to the moms and dads out there who have overcome the struggles and stresses of raising a new child and lived to see another day! I would like to know what helped (or still helps) to ease those stresses of raising a new child. It can be something small (such as a toy or even a pacifier) or something big (such as a brand new nursery or minivan). It can be something tangible or even something intangible (such as the love from your family). It can be one thing or it can be many things. Whatever it may possibly be, I would like to know:
(My goal here is to help make parenting easier for the people out there who are either expecting their first child [of which includes Mommy and myself] or have just recently had their first child. I believe the more input I can get out of this, the more helpful it can be, as it will introduce all sorts of ways that parenting can be made a little bit more easier for new and expecting parents. So I encourage any and all feedback! I believe that there is no answer too simple or impractical. If it has made parenting easier for you then I’d love to hear it!)