It’s been a year since the pandemic made families switch to home–mode and we wanted to applaud all of the parents who adapted to this new reality and kept their little ones smiling throughout the past 12 months! (Cue virtual clapping sounds.)
Many of you had to change your routines, take on more tasks, get creative with free time, become play partners, double as educators, and so much more. To dive a lil’ deeper into these changes, we asked the parents of our tiny B. fans what lessons they learned in 2020 and what advice they have for others going forward.
What was the #1 lesson you learned as a parent in the past year?
“The lesson I have learned is to take it easy on yourself. Don’t be so hard on yourself all the time – it’s okay if your kid gets extra screen time some days, it’s okay if the house is a wreck, and it’s okay if some days all you want to do is watch movies on the couch. Don’t be so hard on yourself – if you’re happy and your kid is happy, fed, and taken care of, then you’re doing a great job!”
“The number one lesson I learned as a parent over the last year is communication is everything. Communication with your partner, communication with your kids, communication with your community. It just makes life so much easier!”
“The #1 lesson I’ve learned is that parenting isn’t easy – it is going to get hard but, as long as you stay strong, it will get better over time!”
“I’ve learned that time truly passes by quickly. When they are small and learning, you realize how much they are soaking up and the importance of spending true quality time with your kiddos.”
“Being a parent isn’t easy but, one thing I have learned the past year is, consistency is the key to success!”
“The number one lesson I learned is to spend more time as a family! Our little ones grow so fast, so I’m just trying to appreciate every moment.”
“I learned to really slow down and enjoy time with my family!”
“The one lesson I learned is that time really does fly by, and you have to soak in every moment you have!”
What is the #1 piece of advice you’d give to other parents?
“Children start learning how to test your limits at a very young age, and are like sponges. They soak everything in, including our behavior. Even when it gets tiring at times and sometimes, we just give in, we have to remind ourselves that it will be worth it in the end and one day they will thank us for it. Being consistent and having boundaries is so important!”
“My biggest advice to new parents is to appreciate what you’re getting done and not stress about what’s still on the to–do list. Taking care of a baby is hard work! Forget cleaning the house, snuggle your baby! They are only little once.”
“The advice is patience, haha!”
“The #1 piece of advice I would give other parents is to always be patient, understanding, & loving! Be the best parent you can be – your children are always looking up to you and following in your footsteps!”
“The number one piece of advice that I would give to other parents is communication is key. No one knows what you’re going through or how to help you if you don’t communicate! I know we all think we got this or want to do this on our own, but it really takes a village.”
“My number one piece of advice would be to let children be little because, before you know it, they are hitting all of these milestones that you wish you could have absorbed just a bit more.”
“The #1 piece of advice I would give to other parents is don’t compare your child to other people’s kids and babies. Each child is their own child, and each child is different, each child grows in different ways, learns in different ways, communicates in different ways – everything is different! It won’t be good for your kid or for yourself to compare them. So focus on your child’s triumphs and be proud of them for what they do instead of comparing them!”
“Whatever you are doing to make it work right now is OK! We are all just doing our best and taking it one day at a time.”
No matter what 2021 brings, we just want parents to know that you all inspire us every day. Please continue to B. strong, B. playful, B. awesome, and B. you!