Unexpected Challenges We Face As Our Family Grows

We do everything in our power to make sure our children are happy and healthy, and even though that looks different for each family, there are some unexpected challenges that pop up along the way for all of us, from tantrums (well maybe that isn’t quite so unexpected) to the various disasters along the way, there are stories to tell the children when they are older, and exciting events to experience every single week! But what are some of the less known challenges we face as parents over the years?

They grow so fast!

This is something that we hear on a regular basis, we remember our aunties and grandparents explaining how much we had grown since the last time we had seen them, and it’s true, but we really don’t appreciate just how fast they grow, from being a tiny little newborn to a walking, running, shouting small human seems to happen in the blink of an eye. With this development comes ‘stuff’ lots of items of clothing, toys and accessories are used up quickly and we find we have moved on to the next wardrobe full of clothes, a new batch of toys and favourite teddy. Before long we are sorting through newborn clothes and deciding whether to pass on or save for future babies.

Many parents like to save baby clothes as a momentum to look back on in years to come. If you want to do the same, just make sure you keep them safe from damage (particularly if they’ll be kept in the loft or garage). You can stock up on the vacuum storage bags offered by ROKEY if you have a lot of clothes to pack away, as they have a promotion running on Amazon which will hopefully save you some money if you’re packing away a lot!

Sleep

We hear parents talk about it all the time, but what we think ‘tired’ is and what comes with being a parent really can’t compare. We are worn down on every level and then have extra pressures to deal with. But it’s ok, these babies really do start sleeping eventually, and if you are really really lucky after the first few weeks you may start getting a full night’s sleep. We can’t hold it against them, of course, babies are learning about the world, if we end up putting the kettle in the freezer in an exhausted haze is not their fault!

They make you cry at times

Not just because of the lack of sleep, but the sheer pride you feel when they excel themselves, develop in a skill that you have shared with them, started a dance class or football team, and don’t forget Christmas concerts where they sing their little hearts out. Our babies really know how to tug on our heartstrings, and before long you will realise you aren’t as tough as you thought, being 100% responsible for these children can really be exhausting but the wonderful thing about being a parent is that we love them unconditionally regardless of all the challenges they bring with them.

As with anything in life, it’s important to have a good support network around you and your children so looking at people around you and your family at times of troubles is the first thing to do, but keeping a sense of humour and keeping everything in perspective is important.

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