guest post|five fun facts about parenting

So you're a new parent and like all new parents you just aren't sure what you should expect. Have no fear, we're here to help you find out some of the craziest facts about being a parent that are out there. Some of these you might have heard before, others you're going to thank us now, tomorrow and for the rest of your life.

1. Breast milk can be kept good for a while

If you are a new parent, you've likely had a situation where you took a bottle of breast milk out, put it on the counter, then the baby cried or the dog needed to go out and you forget it was there. The good news is that breast milk can sit out longer than you probably thought. The liquid has built-in anti-bodies that can make the milk have better-staying power than other foods. For the most part, breast milk can sit at room temperature for 6-8 hours before you have to worry about it going bad. That can be a lifesaver for a couple that has to pump

2. Sugar doesn't make kids hyper

This is one of those myths that has hung around for a long time. It's likely had such a shelf life because it's one of those myths that people claim to see for themselves all the time. The fact of the matter is that there is no proof that giving your kids a little sugar is going to make them hyper. There are obvious drawbacks to giving your kid too much sugar but acting out of control isn't one of them. If they're acting like that, look for other reasons.

3. "Because I said so" is a reasonable way to end an argument

Parents often feel a bit silly when they are in an argument with a child and they drop the "because I said so" card. The fact of the matter is that when you are arguing with very young children, this is actually encouraged. You need to show your child where their boundaries lie. This is obviously not the ideal situation when the kids are older, but when young ones need to know when and what to argue about, this approach ends arguments quickly.

4. Food choices change around sleeping babies

A baby sleeping is one of God's little gift to an exhausted parent. Because you aren't going to want to wake a sleeping baby, there are going to be times when you're going to make sure you aren't eating something that makes a crunching noise. Other times you're going to want and make sure you aren't crackling the wrapper. You'll find the food that makes very little noise.

5. There's no such thing as spoiling a baby when they cry

When you are talking about a newborn, there isn't a way to spoil a child. If you pick up the kid when it is crying, then it needed to be picked up. Small babies, in fact, need to know they can trust their parents to come get them when they cry.

This was a guest post from Erica Johnson. All opinions and ideas expressed here are her own. For more from Erica you can find her at Inner Parents.

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