To be honest, no one can ever teach you how to be a parent, no one can ever prepare you for all that comes with your new parent status.
You seem to think about all the nice and happy stuff, the cuddles the pictures, the first steps , the first teeth or first hair cut, but no one can really prepare you for the long nights of colic, the teething pain that you endure just as much as your child- as there is nothing you can do to comfort them, yet you feel the pain just as much.
nobody prepares you for the tiredness that you will endure the rest of your life, whether it be night feeds, sickness or even just worry,,, and to be honest nobody prepares you for the loneliness you can feel, there is only so much iggle piggle and peppa pig you can take.
being a single parent i have endured all of the above, it’s been hard at times, and i know harder times are coming… the drunken nights, the girlfriends OMG nothing will prepare me for that.
But in all honesty them struggles I’ve endured have made me the strong independent woman I am today ,,, a full time worker and a full time single mother. So my advice to anyone is – put the self help books down, do not compare yourself to others… and there is no such thing as being a ‘perfect mother’. 🙂