Children don’t come with an instruction manual.
And as every new parent learns, it can be a terrifying job — with the feedback erring on the negative side: Your child will scream and cry for hours. Once he can talk, he’ll probably tell you how much he hates you. He may even tell you that he wants a new parent.
Take time for yourself before the baby arrives. Make plans with friends, have a manicure, see a movie, said Lindsay Pinchuk, CEO and founder of Bump Club & Beyond, an organization connecting parents and parents-to-be with resources and products through events in more than 25 cities nationwide. The last three movies she saw in a theater were “Moana,” “Sing” and “Trolls.” So before your viewing experience transforms to G-rated only, take advantage of your adult time. “Having a baby is the best thing that will ever happen to you, but your life will change, and some of the things you are used to doing every day — or every week, simply won’t happen anymore because you’re now responsible for this little being,” Pinchuk said.