5 Things is a new content series where Playground Dad contributors share 5 tips with new and expectant fathers.
My name is James. I’m a SAHD of two girls aged 2 1/2 and 1.
#1- Patience, Patience, Patience.
Having a new born is the easy bit. Eat. Sleep Poop. But once thats over you have to stay on your toes and stay calm.
#2 – Enjoy the little things.
The looks, the times they hold your finger, or fall asleep in your arms. That’s the pest part for me.
#3 – Kids are tough.
Everyone told me to be gentle and careful, and you should be. It may just be my kids but we played the throw me in the air and catch me me game at 5 months, and my one year old loves being tossed on the couch. If they bruise they heal the next day. If I bruise i heal next month.
#4 – Have fun.
No matter how stressed I get or how tired I am from it all, I always try and have fun. Long hard day? Just play some music and do a silly dance. Or make a fort in the living room, or turn the kiddy pool in to a ball pit. Always make time to be silly with them.
#5 – Don’t take my advice.
Or anyone else’s. Loads of people will tell you things, things based on their experience. Your experience will be deferent than mine. Just do what works for you and your family. If you do take my advice let me know though, that way I can tell people
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