Name: Matt L.
A little about yourself:
I own and operate a landscaping service here in Illlinois and have a goal of one day being a children’s book writer full-time.
A little about your family:
My wife and I have been married for 12 years, we have two children, a boy 7, a girl 4, and are expecting a third baby in June.
What surprised you the most when you first became a new parent?
What surprised me the most was how much love I could feel for another person. There are other types of love but none are in the same league as that of a parent for a child.
What changes or challenges did you experience as a new parent and how did you react to them?
The biggest change was in our sleeping schedule. Neither of our children have slept well through the night in their early years, and this was a challenge for sure. We reacted to this by trying to take turns caring for our children during the night and not getting in each others way in the process.
Was there a moment when you suddenly thought, “WOW, I am a parent”?
No I never feel that I am good enough as a parent to really carry the title. It’s such a daunting task that I feel like it’s a never-ending achievement, if that makes any sense.
What would you say is/was your favorite part about being a parent?
My favorite part is seeing my children respond well to training and seeing how they interact with eachother in a spirit of love.
What would you say is/was the most difficult part about being a parent?
The most difficult things is always trying to be the best example you can for your children and not always succeeding.
Was your child’s (children’s) delivery as expected?
Yes, fortunately, most everything went very smooth.
What advice would you give to expecting moms/dads/couples to help them prepare for the delivery of their first child?
Taking a lamaze class is very helpful along with reading a book about pregnancy together. Also, the husband should try to go to some of his wife’s prenatal visits.
What is one thing that you think an expectant parent should take to the hospital?
Comfortable shoes. You’re going to do a lot of floor pacing, and so might you’re wife as walking induces labor.
What advice would you give to expecting moms/dads/couples to help them prepare for life at home with their baby?
I feel like one of the most important qualities needed by parents is selflessness, and that is what will help you to adjust if you can learn or improve at that quality as it doesn’t come naturally.
Did you know about developmental milestones, brain development or pre-literacy skills before your child was born?
Yes, we both try to follow the Bible, and we took to heart many of the verses that relate to child-rearing, such as how Timothy was trained from infancy. Also we read a lot about reading to and engaging with our children while they were still in the womb,
Do/did you and your child have a favorite routine?
Our favorite routine is eating together at the table every evening and reading together daily. We also take trips to the library almost weekly.
Do/did your child/children have favorite children’s books or children’s characters?
The Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel is a favorite, along with the Berenstain Bears by Stan & Jan Berenstain.
Tell us a funny story about your child or about parenting your child.
One evening we were getting ready to watch Wheel of Fortune together, and my daughter called out to her mother to come watch “Little Porchant.” Every since then we call her by that nickname. They are both always making up their own versions of what things are called.
Now we all know that parents need grown up time, so…
What is your favorite thing to do when you have time without your child/children?
Going to the movies or a nice meal.
Do you have a blog or business website you would like to share?
Is there a question that would be good to include when I interview other parents?
These are great questions by themselves.
Is there anything else that you would like to share that I did not ask?
No thank you. I’ve enjoyed thinking about and answering these questions.