These tips will hopefully save you many frustrating parenting moments.
I think this heartwarming picture of our son marks the moment he realised that he was our first baby:
He was like, "Put me back! Put me back! They don't know what they're doing!"
He was right. But our first baby just turned 8 and his little sister is 3. These are some of the things we have learned along the way:
1. We are amazingly creative if our sleep depends upon it. I have created, with my own two hands, a working Monster Catcher out of just twigs and rocks. I have also weaved detailed princess stories at 3 a.m. after a nightmare. I can also tell elaborate lies as to why the Tooth Fairy was absent or where their very important art project went (definitely not in the recycling bin).
2. We now know that our parenting well of patience is completely dependent on satisfying the first tier of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Mostly the breathing, sleeping, eating parts.