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You are the reason I get up each morning.

Even though my eye lids are as heavy as a five ton truck.

Even though all I want is a sleep in, a coffee and breakfast in bed.

You are more important.

You need me.


For you, I would do anything.

You are the reason I am finally comfortable in my own skin.

Even though I am a size bigger than I used to be.

Even though my boobs cannot be described as "perky".

You relied on my body.

You gave it purpose.

For you, I will always love it.

You are the reason I am more eco friendly.

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Even though I couldn't keep up with the cloth diapers we tried.

Even though I often forget my reusable coffee cup.

You make me want to make the world a better place.

You have opened my mind.

For you, I want to be a good role model.

You are the reason I am no longer selfish.

Even though I sometimes complain that I don't buy anything for myself anymore.

Even though I get annoyed when I don't get enough alone time.

You have taught me that there is more to life than just me.

Your needs come first right now.

For you, I happily come second.

You are the reason I now know the importance of patience.

Even though I sometimes miss the fast-paced life.

Even though I still get frustrated when I feel inefficient.

You need me to go at your pace.

You are the priority right now.

For you, I slow down.

You are the reason that I now have perspective.

Even though I don't make the money that I used to.

Even though I don't have the level of mental stimulation I once had.

You are more important.

You need me.

For you, my career can wait.

You are the reason I worry more than ever.

Even though I know it won't change anything.

Even though it's not your fault.

You are precious.

You are vulnerable.

For you, I will worry forever.

You are the reason I am now filled with gratitude.

Even though I get sad when things do not go my way.

Even though I sometimes lose sight of what I have.

You are my constant reminder that I am blessed.

You are the light at the end of every tunnel.

For you, everything is worth it.

You are the reason that my heart is full.

Even though I love your dad more than you can ever imagine.

Even though I am grateful for our life before you.

You have shown me a love like no other.

You are remarkable.

For you, my heart explodes.

Dear child, you are my reason.

By this point, you can probably roll with whatever parenthood throws your way—whether that's changing diapers, powering through a long day after a sleepless night, or soothing a sick little one. Learning on the job like this isn't always easy, but we bet your teeny boss is giving you a winning performance review.

Around the 5-month mark, your baby is probably doing some rolling of their own, too! At this point, your baby is endlessly curious and naturally grabby, so make sure you're giving them a safe place to explore while you cheer them on from the sidelines.

Of course, cheerleading is just one of the many, many roles you play throughout the day. Your multitasking skills are pushed to the limit, but it's important to carve out time for yourself. And hopefully everyone in your house is now enjoying longer stretches of sleep, with the dreaded 4-month sleep regression a thing of the past.

As is always the case with parenthood, new challenges are around the corner. The good news? These products can get you prepared for them.

For some much-needed teething relief: Sophie la Girafe teether

Sophie Teether

Ouch. Teething isn't fun for babies—or their mamas. Luckily, teething toys do help provide relief for those tender gums. Build your supply so that something to chew on is always clean and handy.

$24.99

For checking out that cute little baby: Baby Einstein floor mirror

Baby Einstein

You aren't the only one who can't take your eyes off your little cutie. Babies love checking themselves out, too! Mirror play allows your baby to study facial expressions, learn about interactions and begin to recognize their own reflection.

$12.99

For banishing cradle cap: Fridababy cradle cap system

Fridababy

If your baby's scalp is looking a little reptilian, rest assured that cradle cap is a common issue. Thankfully, it's also conquerable with an easy three-step method to lather, loosen and lift away the flakes.

$14.99

For organizing all the toys: Pillowfort stackable storage bins

storage bins

It's amazing how quickly toys and gear can amass in your home! A collection of stylish storage bins makes "out of sight, out of mind" possible at the end of the day.

$19.99

For safe sleep: Graco pack-n-play

Graco Pak n Play

Experts advise always putting your baby to sleep on a flat, firm surface. So, if your baby is getting snoozy when you aren't by the crib, a pack-n-play is a great, portal option. As a bonus, the space can pull double-duty as a playard when your baby is awake.

$59.99

For skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom: Honest Beauty face cream

Honest Beauty

What about a little something for you, mama? Since your time is a precious commodity, having good skin can help streamline your getting ready routine. A good face cream does the miracle work of making your skin appear vibrant—even if you were up with a baby throughout the night.

$27.99

A simple way to show off your pictures: Polaroid digital photo frame

Digital photo

There's no excuse to let your favorite photos languish on your phone's camera roll! A digital photo frame makes it so simple to see your favorite memories with baby over and over again.

$50

For reclaiming your car: Brica trunk organizer and changing station

Brica Trunk Organizer

Your car is probably filling up with quite the assortment of baby gear. Rather than sacrifice your passenger seat to a stockpile of wipes and diapers, clear the clutter with a trunk organizer.

$34.99

The hands-free assistant you always needed: Lenovo smart clock

smart clock

The mental load of motherhood is real and we'll take all the backup we can get. Enter: this smart clock. Seriously, there is no going back after you discover all this incredible multitasker can do, like help you manage your schedule, check the weather and manage all your smart devices.

$79

For keeping coffee hot: Ello Jane travel mug

travel mug

If peacefully sitting and drinking your morning coffee feels like a distant memory, you can lessen the sting with a lidded mug that keeps your drink hot until you are actually able to take a sip. Mom win!

$14.99

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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Our society is conditioned to believe that we have to be strict and stern with our kids, or threaten, shame or punish them into behaving. This authoritarian style of parenting is characterized by high expectations and low responsiveness—a tough love approach.

But while this type of authoritarian parenting may elicit "obedient" kids in the short-term, studies suggest that children who are shamed or punished in the name of discipline face challenges in the long-term. Research suggests that children who are harshly disciplined or shamed tend to be less happy, less independent, less confident, less resilient, more aggressive and hostile, more fearful and at higher risk for substance abuse and mental health issues as adults and adolescents.

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The reason? No one ever changes from being shamed.

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