What I’ve learned at the Baby Sense Seminars

The Seven Truths of Parenthood

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Why I love the Baby Sense Seminars
August was a busy month for me and my family. Baby Sense (one of South Africa’s leading baby brands) together with Johnson’s hosted four seminars across South Africa. The rooms were filled with hundreds of pregnant moms, sleep-deprived parents and grandparents who came to get tips on the how to’s and what if’s when it comes to birthing and raising their precious babies.

I was invited to speak and thrilled to be part of the team. My wish was for every mom and dad to leave feeling inspired and empowered. Looking back, I think we reached that goal. The engaged faces during my talk, the conversations afterwards, the notes and tweets I received were all overwhelming positive.

Weather I’m attending an event as a speaker or as an attendee, I’m always on the lookout for new insights, reminders and inspirational take-aways.
I left each of the four seminars feeling grateful, inspired and wiser. I was reminded once again what the journey of parenthood is all about. And today I want to share some of those reminders with you.

Let’s call them The Seven Truths of Parenthood:

1. Falling pregnant is a gift. For some this doesn’t just happen. Be grateful. Be sensitive and gracious and empathetic to those alongside you who has not (yet) received that gift.

2. The womb space and the development inside the womb is nothing but an amazing miracle. Look after yourself and your baby during this time. Let go of stress, fears and anxiety. Instead practise relaxation, positive thinking and finding joy.

3. In those early years, YOU are your child’s best playmate. The “environment of relationships” in which your child grow up is the most critical ingredient in the brain’s development. So play, play, play. Everyday!

4. Parenting comes with no guarantees. We cannot predict or control our parenting journey. So stop being a control freak!

5. Parenthood is one of the time in our lives when we feel most vulnerable. Don’t shut it out or run away from it. Instead embrace it wholeheartedly!

6. It takes a village to raise a child. Don’t try and do it on your own. Ask for help when you need it and accept help when it’s offered.

7. There is no such thing as a perfect parent. Being good-enough is enough!

In the next few weeks, we’ll talk more about how we can embrace our parenting journey wholeheartedly. We’ll make it real practical too. So join me and invite your friends. We’re building an awesome group of intentional parents, and you’re part of it!

Over to you: What has being a parent taught YOU? Let’s share with each other some of our truths of parenting. Let’s share the real stuff, not just the Facebook stuff!

 

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  • Jena Raubenheimer

    I am a grandparent, but would like to share a ‘truth’ born of my own experience as mother of four children. Strangely enough, I do not regret things I DID do, although I must have made many mistakes no doubt, along my parenting journey. Looking back today, I realise that I regret things I did NOT do when my children were still at home.

    I should have spend many more hours with my children, intentionally connecting to each one individually, and intentionally attending to each one’s joys, needs and feelings as often as possible. Instead, I was often more focussed on building a career, than applying my mind and attention to the most important job of my life – raising happy children.

    I regret that I did not realise back then, that after all my children had left home, I still had many years left to pursue three hugely successful consecutive career paths, and fulfil all aspirations I might ever have had. I regret that I did not invest much more time and energy in my children when they still sitting around my dining table every day…..

    • Lizanne du Plessis

      Hi Jena. Thank you for sharing your story and wisdom in such an honest and sincere manner. As busy moms we often loose sight of the fact that the season in which we have our children around our dining room table is short-lived, precious and important. I am grateful that you are reminding us of that.

  • Lindi Wessels

    So many truths in this one piece. It is sertainly a reminder to us as parents that we should LISTEN to our kids’ needs. They very often tell you in their own way how to make them happy. And its definately the truth that our babies grow up WAY to fast…. So next time before you say “no” to ONE more goodnight kiss, and ONE more scratch on the back or ONE more bedtime story….remind yourself that very soon this phase of parenting will be only a memory. Lets hope for them it will be a good one…..