“It takes a village to raise a child.”
There is serious wisdom in the proverb above and if you’re in the orbit of a new family or you’re a new family yourself, the chances are you’re going to need what I like to call a ‘RBRT’ (Rapid Baby Response Team) to support the impending #BUBLIFE.
Having a baby is far more momentous than we really give it credit. Those two little lines that mothers find swiftly turn into a journey that brings their biggest dreams and fears to the fore, all for their little cub/cubs and the future they desire for their family.
It’s a time of high anxiety and preparation, for something completely unknown and equally exciting, so it’s no wonder we need to create our village in advance to make the best of the life ahead with a little human we created ourselves.
If you’re like me, you might experience anxiety and depression, so I’ve made this little new parent survival guide that you may like to use or adapt for yourself or someone you know. Give it a go!
Although it’s hugely vulnerable to ask for help, it’s important that you do… and it’s important that people know what you need, because there’s no doubt that someone will want to help (and you want to make sure they bring the right chocolate).
RBRT (RAPID BABY RESPONSE TEAM)
NEW PARENT SURVIVAL GUIDE
Send in the almond milk cappuccinos, low fodmap foods (no onion, garlic, dairy or gluten), steak, veggies, or lindt dark chocolate…
HELP US (MORE THAN JUST) ‘BEER’ IT
Take Dad out for a beer, bring coronas or send us out!!
SUMMON THE SANDMAN
If we are looking bleary-eyed, offer to let us nap and watch the little one if the sleep deprivation has gone to red alert.
IF YOU’RE FEELING EXTRA GENEROUS…
We know every one has plenty enough dishes to wash, vacuuming to do, mouths to feed, things to do, people to see, but if it’s looking bleak in our village, please offer to help or help us have time out.
DIG A LITTLE DEEPER
We are prone to anxiety/depression, so dig deeper if we’re looking blue and you’re willing to listen. Check in with us.
WE AREN’T ALL FOR MARY “POP-INS”
“Merry Pop-Ins” aren’t one of our favourite things… Give us a buzz before visiting. We wouldn’t want you to walk in on us naked!!
KNOW HOW MUCH WE SERIOUSLY LOVE YOU!!!
We are tremendously grateful for the love and support you’ve already shown us and when we have the capacity to give as much as you do, know we will shower you in love too.