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The Newborn's 10 Commandments

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There are probably over a million articles, books, videos, podcasts, research, and pieces of friend advice you can get on becoming a new parent. Heck, I just went on Google News and found articles ranging from “How To Deal With Becoming A New Parent” to “Six Financial Considerations For New Parents” to “The Best Gifts For New Parents Are Services, Not Things” — and all those are from maybe the last 10 hours. Being an expectant parent / new parent is a multi-billion dollar industry, which is perhaps somewhat awkwardly based on fear of what you’ll do wrong.

While that’s logical (no one wants to be a bad parent), there is something you could read that might inspire you in a positive way. It’s called “The Newborn’s 10 Commandments,” and it’s been around for a few years. Sometimes it’s called “Letter From A Newborn.” Obviously the concept is preposterous because a newborn can’t write a long letter, but it’s beautiful and goes viral every few years.

I won’t paste the whole thing because it’s very long, but you can find the entire deal on this Facebook post from the NHS Ayrshire Maternity Unit. Some sweet samples:

Please take the time to find out who I am, how I differ from you and how much I can bring to you. Watch me carefully and I’ll tell you things which sooth, console and please me.

Please forgive me if I cry a lot. I am not a tyrant who was sent to make your life miserable, the only way I can tell you I am not happy is with my cry, bear with me and in a short time, as I mature, I will spend less time crying and more time socializing.

If you want to legitimately motivate yourself (and maybe shed a few tears along the way) to be the best parent you can be, consider putting down all the books in the new moms section of Amazon and reading this letter.

Kristin Smith

Kristin is a wife, mom, doula and a kick ass swaddler. She spends her time helping families get top notch support throughout their parenting journey. When she isn't swaddling babies, she can be found sipping latte's and watching her daughter play softball. Read more...

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