Five big little lies about parenting

There are so many little lies you’ll be told coming into this whole parenting gig. These little lies turn out to be BIG Little Lies!

So to celebrate the launch of SKY premiering the new HBO drama “Big Little Lies” on SoHo and NEON, they’ve and asked me for my top five Big Little Lies that parents & parents-to-be are told, I said, “what, you only need five?”.

  1. Sleep when you can.

Um OK, so when is that? Never.. between caring for the needs of a newborn (there are a lot), maintaining a household and also caring for other children (+ manchild) you will likely never sleep again. On the upside, it does give you more time to watch good TV. But I am sure it gets better.

  1. They’ll stop eating when they’re full.

Yeah… they don’t. They vomit and have explosive nappies. They’re like animals, they don’t really have a filter and they don’t know their own limits. I am sure it gets better (this is my answer to everything when it comes to parenting if you haven’t already worked it out).

  1. It’s just a phase which will pass.

OK, When? I am 30 and my parents are still wondering when this ‘phase’ will pass. Each phase morphs into the next… so be mindful of that. It gets better…

  1. Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful journeys you’ll ever experience.

If you had an amazing, stress-free and beautiful pregnancy, go you. Most of us don’t. I would almost make up a figure, let’s go with 80% of women don’t enjoy being pregnant. Yes, it is so worthwhile and the end result is one so amazing not even words can express but the pregnancy itself? You’ll feel like absolute rubbish for a large majority. “It gets better in the 2nd trimester”. Yes, it does. Then it goes back to being shit again in the 3rd. You’ll be tired and you’ll be sore and by about 32 weeks, you’ll be well and truly over it. It gets better, haha – see below.

  1. It gets better.

When they’re a full blown adult maybe. Even then, you’ll still be dealing with their shit, as my folks remind me on the daily – haha.

With everything, the good outweighs the bad. Parenting isn’t easy if somebody tells you it is – they’re likely to be lying. Nothing can really prepare you for the whirlwind experience. Let me say, though, you start to experience more good days than bad and the sleepless nights eventually become a distant memory when you’re in a haze of Pinot Noir and the kids have finally tired themselves out enough to fall asleep on the middle of their bedroom floor.

Which is the perfect time to engage in my favourite activity and the one thing that has kept me going – entertaining TV – I thrive off it and it keeps me sane.

So I was excited to hear about the new HBO drama, Big Little Lies, that tells the tale of three mothers of first graders, whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

Starring Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Nicole Kidman (Lion), Shailene Woodley (The Fault In Our Stars), Laura Dern (Enlightened), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), James Tupper (Revenge), and Zoë Kravitz (Divergent) form a stellar ensemble cast in this HBO mini-series, written and executive produced by David E. Kelley.

It is based on the novel by best-selling author Liane Moriarty.

Check out Big Little Lies on SoHo on SKY at 8:30pm on Sunday’s. And now available express on NEON – Get started with a 30-day free trial here http://bit.ly/2kYi3IB

#biglittleliesnz #neonnz #collab

Note: This post has been in collaboration with Sky TV. All views, opinions and writing is my own and we do not work with anybody we do not know, support and/or love.

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