As the mom of 19 kids, Michelle Duggar is like a walking, talking version of a parenting book. Should her kids ever need advice about their own kids, she has no shortage of personal experience to draw from. Recently, she decided to share some of that wisdom on her blog, when a fan of her family's TLC show 19 Kids and Counting asked what she'd tell her daughters about motherhood. (Daughter Jill is just months away from first-time parenting; she and husband Derick Dillard are expecting a little bundle of joy in March.)
"Well, I think it'll probably be the same advice I give to any other new mom, except for the fact that I will be saying, 'Now, if you need a babysitter, you know grandma is just down the road, and I'd be so happy to help you whenever you need a date night with your sweetie!'" the reality star wrote on her family's official website.
Date nights are crucial for new parents, the Duggar matriarch, married to Jim Bob Duggar for 30 years, explained. "It's important to keep that focus on building and strengthening your marriage relationship because that gives your children stability in their lives," she wrote. "When they see mom and dad are making it a priority to love each other and focus on their relationship, it reminds them that their parents love each other and that their relationship is a top priority in the family."
The Arkansas resident also stressed the importance of sleep. "Try to get a nap in when the baby takes a nap, especially while you're breastfeeding the baby," she blogged. "You can see everything that needs to be done around the house. You need to catch up on laundry; you need to do some cleaning; you want to do some ironing -- whatever. But just take that break and sleep, even if it's just an hour while the baby is sleeping."
When the baby isn't sleeping, "cherish the moments" you have together, she added. "[Babies] pretty much eat and sleep, and they're just not awake for a whole lot of time," she advised. "Take lots of pictures and make a lot of sweet memories of that special time."