Our son starts school in September, and all of a sudden it seems like he's very grown up. So I've been mulling over the last nearly five years and all the milestones and achievements, both his and ours as parents. We've learned a lot....
Patience - always short on this one, but I have found levels of patience I wouldn't have known were possible before becoming a parent. I still haven't got loads of it though!
No shame - yes, I've had to deal with tantrums in supermarkets, a stubborn toddler that yells 'no' just when I needed him to do as he's told. Four years ago it bothered me. Now, as Catherine Tate would say 'do I look bovvered?'
There is no normal - well, there is normal, but it isn't what used to be normal, and therefore it doesn't really feel normal. Eventually though, it does. Sort of.
You can function on less than six hours sleep. For a long time. I have learned this the hard way over the last four months since our daughter was born. Oh the luxury of day time sleeps when it was just our son!
Don't criticise until you know the facts. I used to tut at parents with screaming children, sigh on aeroplanes when I saw a child walking on and grimace at parents bribing their children with sweets. I am now that stressed parent and realise that sometimes you just do what you have to do.
There is very little in a child's life that can't be improved with pick and mix.
I'd love to hear what you've learned - please leave a comment or link to your blog.