Baby & the Resourceful Parent

When you have a baby, your ability to become a resourceful parent may be akin to having Mary Poppins’ magical, bottomless carpet bag because you need those bag of tricks at the end of the day when you are tired and the baby is crying and you are ready to rip your own hair out.

A resourceful parent is one who comes to the rescue and discovers what will make the baby happy when all the crying in the world doesn’t seem to be satisfied by a fresh diaper, a feeding, a burping or a cuddle. When you’ve done everything else in the world to comfort the baby and you’re already dreadfully short on sleep yourself – what is a parent to do?

The Old Parent Hand Off Trick

When my daughter was a baby, my husband was the resourceful one. He would come home at the end of the day and there I’d be – tired, frustrated and completely understanding why animals eat their young and he’d scoop up the midget and take her off for some quality Daddy-Daughter time.

It would amaze me how he could lay her down on a pillow in his lap and put his hand over her belly and in thirty seconds flat she’d be sound asleep. He would sit like that and read to her, play a game, watch television or just talk to her. If she were awake, she’d focus on him and listen intently or if she was sleeping, well she’d sleep like a baby.

I used to worry that I wasn’t a great parent because I always felt fried, but then I remember – at 2 a.m. I was up with her snuggled and feeding her. I was the one she listened to. I was the voice of reason. I was the one who gave her comfort and entertainment all in one fell swoop.

So I look at it this way, when your baby is very young and you are sleep deprived and struggling to remember what your name was before WAHHHH — a resourceful parent is the one that can provide you with relief – no matter which one of you is sporting the resourceful t-shirt tonight.

How have you been a resourceful parent?

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.