Five Things I've Done Differently With My Second Child

1. Go with the flow

I quickly realised that things rarely went according to plan. From the birth to sleeping patterns! Pregnancies and babies are all different, so sometimes what works for someone else might not work for you.

2. Have a support network

There’s a saying that goes ‘It takes a village to raise a child’. Make the most of support from family and friends. If that isn’t possible, join a parents or baby group. Parent Network Scotland runs support groups for parents across Scotland, including a young parents group. More information is available on their website.

3. Don’t stress

Don’t try to overdo things. There is no such thing as a perfect parent, so don’t compare yourself to others. All parents have bad days – even the ones who look like they have it all together!

4. Relax

Make sure you take time out for yourself. You need to take good care of yourself to take care of your children. Try and take time to relax at least once in a week. Do something that makes you happy!

5. Set boundaries

Boundaries are important for parents and children. As a parent, you will know your child better than anybody. Advice can be helpful, but don’t feel pressured into doing anything you’re not happy with.

Written by Niamh from the Ping group. 

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