I don't have kids myself, but over the last few months I've seen two of my best friends become mothers. They're really growing into their new roles, and their daughters are two very lucky little ladies!
ScienceGirl's daughter will be, too.
One of the most important things I've learned from friends and family about parenting is the importance of teamwork and a united front - at least in front of the children! One pair of in-laws, in particular, have this down to a fine art. They share all the chores, they take it in turns to read the bedtime stories, and their sons know beyond the shadow of a doubt that if one parent says "no", there is absolutely zero point in asking the other.
Now, ScienceGirl obviously has a kick-ass husband who will do his share of the parenting. But not everyone is so lucky... one of my new-mum friends sent me this chain email earlier this week, which made me laugh and makes for a nice virtual baby shower gift!
ScienceGirl, this is for you... and for all the stay-at-home parents (mums AND dads) out there!
A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pyjamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and 20 wrappers strewn all around the front yard.