Bayo Ajibola

5 Parenting Tips to Keep You Sane

Children are indeed bundles of joy and bring a lot of pride to most parents. However there is no denying the fact that children are a handful and getting through parenthood requires divine intervention.

All the changes that children bring into your life can cause you to run crazy if you are not careful. A few things can help you keep it together when it feels like you are trapped in a mad house.

1.      Learn to control your temper

From the moment you hold your baby for the first time there will be very many instances where you will feel like throwing that baby out or returning it to the sender. The baby will cry (especially in the middle of the night) and you will have no idea why, they will spill things, rip things and basically cause chaos.

Take a deep breath and count to 10. This will help you not shout at the innocent and clueless little one and keep your blood pressure from hitting the roof.

2.      Try and get enough rest

This may be a little hard to come by but a well-rested parent will give better care. Sneak in some hours of sleep when the baby is sleeping or just ask someone to watch the baby while you rest. The baby and your body will thank you for it.

3.      Have balanced meals

It is very easy to just nibble on food due to the busy schedule but eating healthy will keep your body functioning at optimumlevels. Include fruits, vegetables and enough water in your diet so that you remain healthy.

4.      Set aside some ‘me-time’

You need it. It is not selfish. Taking a few hours to just do you will help you reenergize and rejuvenate. It reminds you of who you are apart from just a parent and will give you a feeling of purpose and accomplishment. Go out for coffee, ice cream, the salon or just read a magazine outdoors and you will feel the difference.

5.      Ask for help

After a few months of parenthood you begin to think that no one else can take what you take. Being supermom is a plus but it can drain you. Get or allow someone to help around the house.

It will reduce the workload on you and you will be able to get more quality work done. Delegating duties will allow you to give the best of yourself to the children or whatever you choose to focus on at that moment.

Bayo Ajibola

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