Essay about Parenting Skills

January 29, 2016

As the old cliche goes, being a parent is very hard work, but it’s also the most rewarding and life changing job in the world. Nothing can ever truly prepare you for the journey that you’re about to embark upon.

Sure, you can read as many parenting books as you like. You can search and read all of the parenting guides and advice websites on the internet, but that probably still won’t prepare you what for lies ahead.

You could also listen to those who are already parents. Your parents perhaps or your friends and relatives, but again you still won’t have a clue! The best preparation you can do is to just to be patient, open-minded and have a willingness to learn everything there is to learn about your newborn baby, and the best time to start is immediately following the birth of your child.

You’ll probably be going through a whole range of different emotions. One moment you may feel euphoric, overjoyed and the happiest you’ve ever felt, but the next minute you’ll be at the complete opposite end of that scale and feel scared, anxious and confused. They’re all totally normal feelings to have simply because it’s all new to you. It’s a learning curve. A pretty steep, fast one, but you’ll probably surprise yourself and do better than you ever thought you would, even if you don’t feel like it at the time, but looking back you’ll know that you did.

So what parenting skills do you think are necessary to be a good parent?

Well, as mentioned above patience, open-mindedness and being willing to learn are a good place to start. Patience will help you in terms of changing your first nappy. Trying to figure out which way it goes and how it’s meant to be done up will most likely baffle you at first, but you’ll get there! Trust me on that!

Open-mindedness and being willing to learn go hand in hand with one another. Those first few weeks will go by in a blur of sleep deprivation and having to change your own clothes and babies clothes more times in a day than you can count, but it will all be worth it.

Another important skill to have is the ability to listen and communicate with both your baby and your partner. It can be easy to hone all of your undivided attention on your newborn, but try not to forget that you need to look after yourself and your partner too. That goes both ways. Don’t forget who you were before you had children, because you will get some of that back soon, but in order to do so you need to navigate your way through the crazy maze of parenthood first. By listening and communicating with each other it helps to make this job a little easier.

A few weeks in and you’ll probably have established more of a routine and have a better of idea what you’re doing. You’ll most likely laugh when you think back to how you thought being a parent would be as it’s probably nothing like you ever imagined it to be. It’s probably better! More tiring and stressful than you thought it would be, but definitely better than you thought it would be!

It’s also important to make time for yourself too and it’s ok to want to take a break, and it’s ok to do so too. Even if it’s just so you can drink a cup of tea in peace or have a nice warm bath. It’s also ok to let someone else take over whilst you just sit and watch for a while.

The most important thing of all though is to do what feels right for you and your baby, with your baby’s best interests in mind.

This essay is written by a professional freelance writer who works at

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  • Island Living 365

    January 30, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Like you say I think one of the most important skills is to listen! #justanotherlinky

  • Something Crunchy Mummy

    February 4, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    So true, trust your instincts and do what's right for you. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlink xx

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