I remember when I had my first daughter 10 years ago I had no clue about parenting. I didn't know what to expect or anything about motherhood. I read a few baby books about pregnancy and birth but nothing prepared me for the reality that is parenting.
10 years later I now have three children and I like to think that I am quite a good mum. That's not because I have studied long and hard to become a great mum, and it's not because I've had plenty of practice now (although that helps). It's because of my natural parenting super power - instinct.
We all have this natural instinct when it comes to our children. Shortly after she was born I could tell whether my baby was hungry, or in pain by the sound of her cry. The slightest sound in the night from her would wake me up (and I'm a very heavy sleeper). I could tell from a simple glance at her face whether she was filling her nappy. I wanted to make her laugh and smile, it was second nature to me to want her to be happy.
Weirdly the instinct continues. Now she is ten there are other little things that I instinctively know. I can tell from the look on her face when she comes out of school if she has had a good day or not. I can tell when she is worried or when she is lying. I instinctively know when she is ill. I think that because I grew her inside me for 9 months and we were inseparable when she was born we have such a close bond it really helps me to be able to love and nurture her naturally. I'd like to think of it as my super-power because it's something that cannot be taught, learnt or practiced, it is just innate to parents.
nPower has partnered with Peter and Emily Andre, who will be travelling across the UK to seek out unique individuals who are parents with amazing superpowers – people with upbeat, interesting and engaging stories related to caring for babies/young children. From the parents of quadruplets and twins who can put not just one baby to sleep at a time to a nursery owner and parent who has perfected getting young children to eat their greens. These heart-warming and inspiring stories will work as a springboard to celebrate the amazing super powers that all parents possess – and hopefully give them a few more.
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