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5 Parenting Decisions That Are Really Worth Thinking About

Parenting is not an easy job. It’s tiring, it’s an emotional roller-coaster and it often gets messy, but it’s also the most rewarding thing you will ever do with your life. While you are responsible for the life, well-being and continued growth of your tiny human, it’s important to spend a bit of time thinking about certain parenting decisions, ensuring you’re doing the best for your child.

Here are a couple of things that are really worth thinking about:

1. Your Child’s Name

We carry our names with us through our entire lives, they are our first point of conversation when we make a new acquaintance, friend, potential employer or partner. Our names can affect how people perceive us, whether we like it or not. So choosing the best name for your little one is not a decision to be taken lightly! Picking a baby name can be a challenging task and takes time, debate and thought. Click here for some helpful advice and great inspiration!

2. Your Family Car

You want a car that will stand the test of time. A car that is easily wiped down and that will fit all of your belongings, school bags, travel systems, bikes and trikes! So why not just buy an arctic truck?! Just kidding. There are some practical things that you should consider when thinking about choosing your family car, such as how long your journeys might be, whether you’d prefer diesel or petrol, how many doors, if it’s fitted with Isofix, and how much it will cost to run. A bit of thorough research and serious thinking will have you set up with the right car for years to come. Click here for some more helpful tips.

3. Your Childcare Options

For many families today, childcare plays a vital role in helping to balance work and family life. It's one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent, but deciding on the right childcare may not be as daunting as it seems. There are lots of things to think about. Am I comfortable with the providers at this facility? Are there too many kids for my child to get personalised care? Can I trust a stranger with the welfare of my baby? While it can be challenging to wade through the “what ifs” it can be done with careful consideration and some thorough thinking. Click here for some helpful tips on choosing the best childcare option for you.

4. Your Bedtime Routine

Lack of sleep is one of the biggest challenges faced by parents. The struggle to get some regular shuteye is real! And it’s amazing how quickly you feel the effects of sleep deprivation -  red eyes, fatigue, short temper and lack of focus to name a few. Establishing a good sleep routine for you and your children is one of the most important things parents can do to help the whole family sleep better. Following a well-established bedtime routine, which might include a bath or a bedtime story, may help settle your child to sleep. It‘s a good idea to establish your own routine and then stick to it. Give them a bath, put them into pyjamas, then read a book, sing songs or play some music, then put them down to sleep. Create the routine – then stick to it! The same routine gives you and your child plenty of time to wind down. Meaning more sleep for all! For more advice on sleep, read this piece on sleep mistakes parents make, by our sleep expert.

5. Your Family Holiday

Work hard, play hard – that’s what we say! Family life is busy. It’s constant going, doing, picking up, dropping off, getting ready and cleaning up! That’s why it’s important to have a little break every now and then. And deciding on where to go and what to do on a family holiday is not only a really important decision, it’s also one of the most fun decisions you get to make as a parent! Disneyland, Lanzarote, Westport or Dingle – the choice is yours! Have fun planning your trip, finding the best deals and researching entertaining things to do. A well-organised trip will take the pressure off once you get going, meaning you’ll have an absolute ball. Click here for lots more advice on traveling as a family.

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About the Author

Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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