Preparing for Parenthood

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Preparing for Parenthood

When you have a baby, it can be wonderful and rewarding, but you also may need to make difficult choices. As a parent, you might be focused on looking after your baby, and may feel your don’t have time to look after yourself. It's important to take care of yourself physically as well as emotionally. These tips can help:

Talk to someone. If things are tough, talking with someone you trust can help you work through your feelings.

Do things you enjoy, even if you're at home. There will be times when you would rather be out but you have to stay home. This can be tough, but try to make your at-home time fun. Invite your friends over, listen to music, cook a nice meal, or chill out and relax for a while.

Take a time out. It's O.K. to leave your child with someone you trust so that you can have some time to yourself. Ask someone you trust: a partner, parents, siblings, friends or neighbors.

Get lots of rest. It’s tempting to use baby’s naptime for anything else but sleeping yourself. However, you need plenty of rest in order to take care of your baby. Nap when your baby naps, especially when they aren’t sleeping through the night yet.

Have fun times with your baby. There are lots of great things you can do with your child: taking baby swimming classes, playing at the local playground, taking a walk in the park, drawing, painting or getting creative with a craft project, or setting up play groups with other parents and their babies.

Join a local support or parents' group. Joining a support group can be a good way to meet other young parents, which helps you build a support group, make friends and have a place to share concerns and advice.

Getting help. If you feel like things are overwhelming, you could talk with someone like a counselor, your local doctor or someone else you can trust.

Acknowledgement: This fact sheet was originally developed by youth and staff at, a website that helps teens get through tough times.

Many articles in this section were adapted from, a website for Native Youth by Native Youth