Eight Tips to Prepare for Postpartum, Parenthood and Life
Sunday, 1 May 2011 @ 11:31 PM
David Taylor-Klaus in PERSONAL GROWTH, Women, children, family, life lesson, motherhood, parenting, parents, responsibility

Elaine Taylor-KlausThe prospect of becoming a parent for the first time is damn scary! I mean, you take on a job for which you have no experience, it’s a matter of life or death, and it’s 24/7. Talk about a challenge.

I am a seasoned veteran of the shock of the postpartum experience. My first child taught me, the hard way, that the time spent preparing for an ideal birth was incomplete without equal importance placed on preparing for postpartum life and the beginning of parenthood. Let’s just say we had a tough first year togethe

So later on, in my years as a teacher of pregnancy yoga classes for women, and labor and delivery classes for couples, I tried to teach budding parents to use pregnancy, labor and delivery as a training ground for parenthood.

Now, after three kids of my own, and watching hundreds of new mothers and their partners fumble and find their way through the early maze of parenthood, here’s some useful advice for all stages of parenthood, both pregnancy and postpartum (which, by the way, lasts forever after): 

  1. You can’t control what happens, you can only control how you respond to what happens.
  2. Expect the unexpected and be prepared for anything.
  3. Trust your instincts.
  4. Learn to ask for help and support, and actually accept it.
  5. Let your partner BE a partner – get over the ‘super-woman’ myth that you have to do everything yourself. If there is no partner, find an ally!
  6. At all costs, maintain your sense of humor (choose laughter instead of tears.)
  7. Create and join community wherever it presents itself. Loneliness and isolation start a vicious cycle.
  8. Practice taking care of yourself.

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Elaine Taylor-Klaus is a Life, Leadership & Parenting Coach and the founder of Touchstone Coaching and ImpactADHD

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