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Isolation is full of ups and downs. While it’s a valuable chance to have lots of at-home time with your family, you may feel like you haven’t been alone in weeks! As ‘homelife’ blends into other facets of life, you may need to make a conscious effort to find time for yourself.

With a little one at home all day, every day, you may be missing a bit of peace and quiet. Here are some tips on how you can squeeze in and savour some moments of downtime throughout the day.

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Posted in Parents and caregivers By Rahul Gautam

Letting Go of Parent Guilt

12/08/2020 5:07 PM

Whether it’s the food you prepare, the screen time you allow or the lack of time you spend at home, guilt tends to slither its way back into your conscience no matter what choice you make. This is because, despite the endless parenting advice we receive from our ancestors, books and parent blogs, the perfect parent does not exist.

So, before the voice of guilt condemns you any further, remember the following tips next time your conscience tries to convince you you’re a terrible parent. (Spoiler alert: you’re not!)

Focus on the positives

When you focus primarily on guilt, the emotion tends to grow and grow until you feel all-consumed and haunted by every supposedly bad choice you’ve made so far. Alternatively, by paying more attention to the positives, like that grade-A report you just submitted at work or that top-tier lasagna your kids just demolished, the joy will only grow. If guilt does rear its ugly head, try to balance it out with a positive; you may have run a little late for school pick-up, but you’re ready to close the laptop and silence the phone for some undivided attention and connection at home.

Stand by your choices

Clarify your values: ask yourself what’s important to you and make your choices based on this. When side-eyeing strangers, parenting books and online opinions have you questioning your decisions, having well-considered, value-based choices in place will make it a lot easier to show the guilt gremlin the exit.

Embrace your imperfections

One of the most important lessons you can teach your children is to love themselves despite being imperfect – a message that begins purely with you. Too often, the standard of parenting we set for ourselves is unrealistically high and unachievable. By appreciating your successes alongside your imperfections, you impart the more balanced and realistic idea that nobody is perfect and that is entirely okay. For instance, while you can’t commit to seeing every school performance, your nightly bedtime stories are out of this world!

Revisit your interests

Say it with us: taking care of yourself does not make you selfish – it makes you a better parent. (Repeat frequently as needed.) As your new motto, remind yourself of this statement every time you stop yourself from getting your hair done or going for a run because you feel like you’re neglecting your family. Letting go of this guilt and making time for yourself is vital. It doesn’t make you selfish, inconsiderate or neglectful; it reminds you of your own value and gives you the energy required to be a present parent and connect fully and more deeply with your family.

Find perspective

When you’re balancing various roles all at once – parent, business person, partner and so on – it’s easy to get lost in the petty, day-to-day quibbles and concerns of life. When guilt creeps its way back into your thoughts, zoom out and review the big picture: Are you a loving parent? Are you trying your best? Modern parenthood boasts as many challenges as it does rewards. So, if you answered yes to these fundamental questions, you’re doing a pretty marvellous job already.

Posted in Parents and caregivers By Baby Bunting

Postnatal depression in mothers

8/07/2020 12:15 PM

The term 'postnatal depression' conjures up a variety of images. Postnatal depression, especially in mothers, is frequently used as a trope in books, films and TV. Some of these representations can be hurtful and some hit home, but it's important not to shy away from the facts. Understanding the basics about postnatal depression can go a long way towards getting the discussion out in the open and helping mothers and their families deal with this complex experienceRead More
Posted in Parents and caregivers By Baby Bunting

Perineal Pain After Birth

8/07/2020 12:15 PM

Due to the labour of birth, most women will experience perineal tears, swelling and pain. But how long does the pain last, and what can be done to deal with it?Read More
Posted in Parents and caregivers By Baby Bunting

Endometriosis: myth vs fact

8/07/2020 12:14 PM

Endometriosis is one of the most common issues affecting women around the world. It is a painful and debilitating disease which can often go undiagnosed for long stretches of time, which is why it’s important to recognise the potential symptoms of endometriosis.Read More
Posted in Parents and caregivers By Baby Bunting
It can be difficult dealing with all the advice given as a new parent, Follow these handy tips to get through. Particularly as a first-time parent, you can soon find yourself fielding a range of unasked-for and unsought parenting advice from all corners. While some of it can be welcome – and is almost always well-intentioned – it can also often be a bit of a nuisance! So what do we do about those friends, family and even strangers who see you and your baby and want to offer their two cents?Read More
Posted in Parents and caregivers By Baby Bunting
One of the big questions surrounding childbirth is what happens afterwards to your body. Of course, the answer is different for each woman, but what about your period? How long until your body resumes menstruation?Read More
Posted in Parents and caregivers By Baby Bunting

What is authoritative parenting

19/10/2019 12:00 AM

Parents are the biggest influence in a child’s life. How you relate to your child, the things you do together, the examples you set and the values you pass on – in other words, your parenting style – will help shape the adult your child will become.Read More
Posted in Parents and caregivers By Baby Bunting
There are many reasons why a woman may not breastfeed or will stop breastfeeding before their baby has weaned. Consequently, some women can be concerned about what will happen to their breasts if they don’t or can’t breastfeed, or if they stop breastfeeding. However, the human body is remarkable and – as it does through a pregnancy – it adapts.Read More
Posted in Parents and caregivers By Baby Bunting

Understanding ADHD

17/10/2019 12:00 AM

At multiple points in their young lives, children will find it hard to concentrate for prolonged periods of time. Sometimes they may not follow instructions, or they’ll struggle to control their emotions and behaviour. While all young children go through this socialisation process, it tends to settle down as they reach pre-school/school age. When children remain hard to settle and persistently find it difficult to concentrate, it may be derived from a disorder of brain function known as ADHD.Read More
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