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In order to safeguard family wellbeing expectant parents place a high value on creating an ideal home environment to bring children into.
But in pursuit of this domestic ideology many families are unwittingly setting themselves up for failure…
Preparing for the homecoming of a child is a wonderful time but the instinct to prepare or nest - if not reined in, can place undue stress on new families.
I pondered this thought after discovering a surprising statistic.
In a survey of 1,562 of its readers, Practical Parenting magazine found that during the expectant or nesting phase 64% of (female) respondents said they undertook home improvements and one in four claimed they either renovated or moved house - hardly tranquility-inspired changes!
But I get this new parent mindset.
I was in the middle of a major home renovation in the lead up and directly after the birth of my second child. Was it ideal timing? No. Did I learn from the experience? Yes!
So, from someone who has executed an almost faultless (child number one) and then far from perfect (child number 2) baby homecoming here is a list of nesting dos and don’ts:
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