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‘Take A Walk On The Wild Side...’ with Andrew Cooper
Artist | Entrepreneur | Founder of Juiceman | Father to Jackson + Taylor
What advice do you have for new parents?
Don't panic and keep a sense of humour as its a huge life changing experience that can be very tiring. Having my two children were the best experiences ever but also a huge change which can be a tough journey to navigate. I think the key to enjoying your baby is sleep and rest where possible for Mum and Dad and a sleep routine of such for the little guy or girl is a godsend as you manage to get some time to rest, relax or work. I also think nutrition is key… from the right foods consumed as an expecting mother to also good quality foods for your new addition. Green smoothies, broths, soups and tons of nutrient dense veggies.
What superpower do you wish you had as a parent?
The ability to get 10hrs of sleep in a 1 hour nap.
What skills have you best learnt about yourself through becoming and being a parent?
Patience is key to brining up any child and probably the biggest thing is the selfless love you have is something that just takes over the moment your child is born. i remember being overwhelmed with this protective energy as soon as i took my wife and daughter back from the hospital.
If you could have any help in any area as a parent what would it be?
I think the best help is a great school or nursery as there comes a time when you are just desperate to have some grown up time or peace and quiet to work. Its all good and well dropping your child off with parents or friends but there is something nice about them playing, learning and socialising rom an early age. Its really important that they build up confidence early on and become social as otherwise i have seen some very clingy children that make it hard for parents to ever leave them alone.
What are your favourite tips and skills that you might share with others about your parenting?
Swaddle like a pro…. It literally changed my life after bringing home my daughter and having zero sleep the first night. Babies love to be swaddled. If your child becomes obsessed with a pacifier or toy, blanket. Buy three! Don’t be too rigid with food and experiences as your child will struggle to adapt with new foods, textures and situations. Experiences are key. My kids have been playing as many different sports as possible from an early age and are always drawing, writing, singing and making little movies which is great to see and builds a healthy body and mind.
Are there any books / links / quotes that have really helping you on your parenting journey? My friend Julia has a a cute site http://romyandthebunnies.com/ which is really cool nd has some great interviews and good kids clothing ideas. Books wise i loved Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfield for kids recipes.
What’s your child’s favourite book?
When they were young they loved anything by Julia Dickinson. The Gruffalo, Stick Man and The Snail and The Whale were favourites. Now a days they read every night and enjoy books by David Williams and Percy Jackson. We have had books as part of there bed time since day dot so its great that they still love to read for 30mins every night.
What are you grateful for?
A happy family and lots of laughter.