10 Days of 10 Ways to be The Considerate (of others) New Parent: A Guide to Etiquette {Day 10}

Photo Courtesy of Ashley Clauss www.artbyashleyphotography.com

Photo Courtesy of Ashley Clauss

How To Be Considerate New Parents

10.  Best behavior.

Yes, you are exhausted.  Yes, a hiatus is nice.  Yes, you wish that your hosts, who have no small children to chase, might have a sympathetic –or entertaining– glimpse into your everyday life.  If you are a guest in their home, now is not the time or place.  Indeed, I cannot think of a great time or place.  Besides, is it really your place to offer an empirical instruction on the imperfect realities of parenthood? Have your children on their best behavior in the homes of others.  Impress your hosts by how well-mannered they are in lieu of how much of an inconvenience they must be for you as their 24/7 parent.  Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

I know, being a parent is tough stuff, and being a considerate parent is even more so.  I believe both endeavors are worthwhile.  Don’t you?

“The fragrance of what you give away stays with you.”  ~ Unknown


What are some sagacious tips you have for being a considerate new parent?  Please share!

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