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Published on August 26, 2015

New parents don’t need to know everythingNew parents don’t need to know everything

The title of Dr. Gregory Parkinson’s book kind of says it all.

Giggle More, Worry Less: A Pediatrician’s Thoughts for New Parents offers common sense, compassion, and humor, wrapped in practical advice on ways to reduce the stress of parenting.

Dr. Parkinson, who practices at Falmouth Pediatric Associates, taps into his 20 years of experience as both a pediatrician and a father to point out both the challenges and joys of child rearing.

Thoughtful and engaging, the book is a parental survival guide that helps new parents sort out when it’s time to worry and when they should relax.

“Parenting is hard. Society pushes people in so many directions. With so much distraction, it’s difficult to remain centered on your baby. There are many missed opportunities for laughter and joy. Despite your rules, your baby is going to always do his or her own thing anyhow. This book offers an approach to parenting where you can focus on having fun and love,” Dr. Parkinson told OneCape Health News.

Becoming a parent is like opening a door to a room that you barely knew existed.

“Transitioning into the role of parent can seem daunting,” Dr. Parkinson writes. “Adjusting to first-time parenthood takes stamina, perseverance and self-assurance.

Parenting is a learning process that requires trial and error. Anxiety and self-doubt are inevitable, but can be overcome.”

Dr. Parkinson offers these practical tips:

  • You don’t need to know everything—just listen to your baby.
  • Trust your gut. When you do so you will be right more often than not.
  • Mothers, listen to your babies. Fathers, listen to the mothers.

Surround yourself with good people and good information. It will point you in the right direction.

New babies bring out well-intended offers of advice from many people. Who should you listen to—and who should you ignore.

With so many sources available to new parents, it may be difficult to know whom to trust. To avoid information overload, keep your circle small.

Dr. Parkinson’s advice: Identify and surround yourself with a four-piece support crew: one family member, one friend, one medical caregiver, and one book or website. In addition, remember:

  • There is more than one right answer.
  • Opinion isn’t necessarily fact.
  • Grandmothers have the experience and motivation to give good advice.
  • Your pediatrician has spent a career thinking about what is right for healthy families.

About the author:

Dr. Gregory W. Parkinson grew up and attended medical school in Canada. In 1995, he began full-time practice at Falmouth Pediatric Associates in Cape Cod. He is the chair of Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention for the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He lives with his wife, Sandee, and three children, ages 15 to 20.

Giggle More, Worry Less: A Pediatrician’s Thoughts for New Parents is available for purchase at Eight Cousins bookstore in Falmouth and on Amazon.com. An electronic version for e-readers is also available on Smashwords.com.