Becoming a parent is a life-changing experience. The journey of parenthood is challenging, requiring growth and the development of new skills. It can also offer joy, fulfillment, and so much love. To help you prepare for this time, we’ve put together some of the most surprising and unexpected aspects of becoming a new parent.
Parenthood is a roller-coaster ride, especially during the first few years of your child’s life as your child develops, learns, and grows rapidly. Just like most parents, you will question yourself as a caregiver many times throughout the process, but always remember: The best parent for your child is you. Here are some of the most exciting—and unexpected—aspects of becoming a caregiver:
How much joy a child can bring to your life: Watching your child grow and learn is one of the most joyful experiences you will ever have. You will find yourself laughing and smiling more than ever before.
How much patience you’ll need: Parenting a young child is not easy. There will be times when you’ll feel frustrated and tired. But even in the most difficult moments, you will need to be patient with your child. They are learning and growing, and they will make mistakes. As a new parent, you will also make mistakes, and that’s OK! This is all new. As much as possible, give yourself some grace as you learn.
The amount of responsibility you’ll gain: When you become a parent, you are responsible for another human being. You will need to make sure that they are fed, clothed, and safe. You will also need to teach them right from wrong and help them learn about the world around them.
The amount of time you will spend: Raising a young child is more than a full-time job; you don’t get sick days off or the ability to clock out at the end of the day. You will spend most of your time caring for your child, and you will find yourself putting other things on the back burner.
The amount of love you can feel: It is hard to imagine how much love you can feel for a child until you experience it. You will find yourself doing things for your child that you never thought possible, like crawling around the floor barking like a dog because it makes your child laugh. Or you may find yourself watching the same episode of Daniel Tiger over and over again because your child loves it.