No instruction manual for being a parent

One of my favourite things to read on my company’s intranet are the new parent posts. The captured moment of a beautiful new baby with the smiling parents, looking overjoyed and a little bit worried at the enormity of the responsibility they have now. They remind me when my children were born, feeling just the same.

My son Xander was born 25 years ago this week. I was just 20 years old when he was born which let’s face it a crazy age to have a baby. We had just got home and as I put the baby seat down I saw the computer I had purchased a few days earlier, there was a huge manual for the computer on the table and there was me with a baby in my arms, a tiny human looking up at me, with absolutely no documentation whatsoever, terrifying !!

My daughter Natalie 21 graduates from university this year and on to a Masters. Xander starts his first day as a high school chemistry teacher in a couple of weeks. Despite us having no documentation and very little clue my wife Melanie and I did ok.

So when I see those photos of new parents I know they have a lot of hard work and joy ahead of them.

Published by NCS

reader of great literature, teller of tales, photographer of mostly awful snaps but on occasion I am half decent.

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