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New parents can lose two months worth of sleep in the first year of their baby's life
Being a good parent is not about money, age or whether you and your partner are together. It's about love, respect and knowing what values you want your child to grow up with. Remember, every first-time parent starts off not knowing what the hell they're doing.
Think about how you'd like your child to grow up. Would you like her to have a good body image? Or maybe you want him to be respectful and sensitive. As well as leading by example, you can decide what 'rules' you want to enforce, like always saying please and thank you. Discuss this with your baby's other parent, so your child gets consistency. You can also discuss how you want to discipline your child when she does something wrong.
If your baby doesn't live with you, you can still have a huge influence on your baby's upbringing. Ensure you always turn up to visit when you say you will (if you can't do this, you should probably question whether you should stay in your child's life at all); stick to the parenting ideals you have discussed with your ex; and just show your child you love them with lots of cuddles and attention.
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