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Becoming a parent is a very exciting experience, but many people do not realize that there are major concession that will be required in order to satisfy this role. The days of going out in an impromptu manner, or staying up late is now an event that will take planning and coordination. There are also the other tolls that are taken such as the emotional transition from single life to parenthood. There are many resources available to help people prepare for the changes that they will face while being a new parent, but there is no better life lesson than experience and trial and error.
What To Look Forward To
There are many ways to mentally prepare for the change that comes with a new member of the family, but until it is lived it cannot fully be understood. In fact, for the first year parents go through a post-pardum window. This is regardless of a birth or an adoption, and it is a time of adjustment. This does not have to mean that depression or other negative mental affects are in place, it just means that there is a time of mental reconciliation that life will forever be changed through this significant addition.
The physical adjustment also take a toll on parents. The lack of sleep and time to workout can make the experience doubly difficult. It is important that new parents take time for themselves, to be selfish so to speak, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and adult activities.