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The Parenting Myths Only Believed By People Who’ve Never Had A Baby

Until you have a baby, you just don’t know what to expect – and what kind of parent you’ll be. And granted whatever you thought parenthood would be like, the reality will likely be something completely different. See how many of these parenting myths you recognise…

Bribery is bad

It might not be the most conventional method of parenting, but if promising your toddler a slightly later bedtime gets him out of the door and to nursery on time then you’re all for it! 


Your child shouldn’t see you argue with your partner

That’s all well and good until you’re stuck on the motorway en route to his cousin’s wedding while your daughter is threatening to wet her pants…  And naturally it’s your partner’s fault there isn't a service station pit stop for 30 miles!

Parents can control their children

If we could, wouldn’t every kid come with a remote control? Perfecting for muting them when they’re having a tantrum on the bus while everyone watches on in horrified silence.


Frozen food isn’t a good dinner

Problem is, after a long day of chauffeuring them between playdates, the last thing you feel like doing is spending two hours making dinner from scratch a la Nigella Lawson. Fish fingers and frozen veg it is! 

The second your baby’s born, you forget the pain of childbirth 

Sadly not. But you’re willing to do it again because the end result is so incredible.

You can still retain your sense of style

Pre-baby you couldn’t entertain the idea of leaving the house sans make-up and didn’t see why that would have to change once you became a mum. But now you would far rather spend time making your baby look cute than yourself. 


If you ask nicely, your child will do what you say

If only this worked! It’s more a case of you begging your tot to put his shoes on, while he repeatedly takes them off. Then laughs. So. Not. Funny!

You can learn everything from parenting books 

While you can get lots of fantastic guidance from the thousands of parenting books out there, no one is parenting your child apart from you. You know how your little one reacts to different situations and what makes her tick – use your maternal instinct.

A baby wrecks your sex life

OK, so babies have a habit of waking up during the night, but they do also sleep a fair amount. So as long as you take advantage of every opportunity, there’s no reason why your relationship with your partner won’t be as enjoyable as before.

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