What advice would you give a new parent?
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When it was my turn, there was one thought that kept running through my mind: slow down and appreciate this time because it passes so quickly.
I was the only woman there who had raised a child to adulthood and therefore had a different perspective on motherhood. Diapers and burping are important, but those issues are fleeting. What I wanted this new mom to know is that her child will grow up so fast she won't know what hit her. I told her to take lots of pictures and pause often just to look at and hold her child. Sooner than she thinks, she will find herself rummaging through a box full of the tiny clothes she received that day, wondering where the time went.
What would you want a first-time mother -- or father -- to know about parenthood?
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