WHO WON a copy of Pinky McKay’s Parenting By Heart?

WHO WON a copy of Pinky McKay’s Parenting By Heart?

Thanks for all the great advice you guys gave us for this competition. We hope you enjoyed our interview with Aussie parenting expert Pinky McKay. We’ve drawn the winners of our competition, and thanks to Penguin Books, the following RC readers will be receiving a copy of Pinky McKay’s book, Parenting By Heart: Jane, Monica Scurlock, Skye, WackyJack and Elizabeth.

What you did to enter: Our interview with Pinky was all about keeping your relationship strong when you’re a new parent. So for this competition, we asked RC readers to finish one of two sentences: 1) “My best relationship advice for new parents would be …” OR 2) “The best relationship advice I was given as a new parent…”

Terms and conditions: This competition is now closed, but we’ll have another one launching very soon! Don’t forget to subscribe to the RC Scoop if you’d like to stay in the loop with all our Q&As, competitions, giveaways, quickies, polls and much more.

Freelance journo, blogger, self-appointed advice-giver and co-author of Get Lucky. If you've got a dating or relationship issue, feel free to ask a question. (PS. You can also find me at The Mama Files and Letter To My Ex).

25 Comments

  1. Natalie 10 years ago

    My best relationship advice for new parents would be to be as gentle with each other as you are with your newborn. You both deserve compassion and love in your toughest moments, as well as your most blissful.

  2. Kate Ebsworth 10 years ago

    My best relationship advice for new parents would be to remember each other and have “date night” where its all about you and your partner.

  3. melanie w 10 years ago

    Take the time out to just be with each other and talk about something that is not the children.

  4. Irena 10 years ago

    My best relationship advice for new parents would be to enjoy every second of it , because babies grow up faster than you think!!

  5. Kim 10 years ago

    My best piece of advice for any new parent is to try to get as much sleep as possible when you have a new baby, nap when your baby does, work around them, even half an hour or an hour makes such a big difference to your functioning levels. Sleep deprivation is no fun, and can cause you to find it hard to make rational decisions. Sleep makes you feel better and picks up your mood, so take it when it is there or offered. The house cleaning and dishes will wait, your sleep is most important. Try not to stress about the things that you cannot do, that you once did with ease. It will all return to you slowly, it takes time.

  6. john 10 years ago

    I think the best new baby in the house advice that I was given was when the opportunity arises SLEEP! because if your fatigued and tired you are less likely to make good decisions. Yes I know everyone says you can do so much when they are asleep but then they wake up. So do not feel guilty if every now and then when the baby sleeps during the day that you all hit the sack together and wake with a little more brain energy!

  7. Jane 10 years ago

    My best relationship advice is to as much as possible both try to enjoy and record some of the exciting and even not so exciting moments with your little one. Someone suggested that we keep a book nearby so that we could record little things- its been lovely for us to look back over the last four years and laugh together at the things our daughter has done and said! For us it has been very bonding especially during a period that was at times a bit challenging for both of us as parents! And its nice to look back cos they do grow up very quickly!

  8. monica scurlock 10 years ago

    Best relationship advice given…remember the bond of the parents nutures the child!

  9. Katrina C 10 years ago

    My best relationship advice for new parents would be … that every baby is different and you’ll get alot of advice from people that you just dont want it from. “Nod and smile” and if that piece of advise comes in handy down the track its a bonus!

  10. Skye 10 years ago

    My best relationship advice for new parents would be help each other out every chance you can, it’s a lot easier and more fun if everything runs efficiently!

  11. Christopher 10 years ago

    My best relationship advice for new parents would be that each new parent should set aside some time to be away from their baby and spouse. It is easy for parents to become overwhelmed by their new roles when baby arrives.

  12. Cyndie 10 years ago

    My best relationship advice for new parents would be … to ask for help when it’s needed. One of the best gifts for a new mother is being able to catch a nap while a family member or friend takes care of the baby. By asking for help, the new couple develops a support system for themselves.

  13. Christina 10 years ago

    “The best relationship advice I was given as a new parent…”

    Trust your instincts. If it works, do it no matter what anyone says.

  14. Bron 10 years ago

    My best advice for new parents? Ignore most of what you are told, especially from the know-it-alls who don’t have any kids of their own!

  15. Jacky 10 years ago

    Listen to any advice given to you politely but always make up your own mind on what is right for you, your partner and your children.

  16. KItty 10 years ago

    my advice would be to ask for help if you need it and do some research for what’s available for new parents in your area. I called Tresillian and used their drop in service and they came to my rescue in so many ways…with tips on daycare, sleeping, feeding, rashes, cradle cap, how I was feeling, and everything in between! Also – negotiate taking time out without the baby – with your partner and on your own. Even if it means paying a babysitter.

  17. Nicole Kent 10 years ago

    My best relationship advice for new parents would be make time for yourselves. My hubby and I have date night once a month whether it’s dinner, a movie, bowling – whatever and we look forward to it for weeks!

  18. Carla 10 years ago

    The best relationship advice for new parents I ever heard came from one of my friends, a mum-of-three who absolutely swears by her annual kid-free get-away. Sometimes it’s only a weekend in the city with her husband, other times they have gone for 5 days somewhere, but they never, ever miss it.

  19. reba 10 years ago

    my best relationship advice for new parents is that your partner is not the enemy and you are both learning to be parents.The love the 2 of you had for each other made this gorgeous child/children so be patient and loving to each other.Also try and have a date night as often as you can minus the kids.

  20. wackyjack 10 years ago

    My best relationship advice for new parents would be …”
    to remember you love each other and are on the same team here…you will feel overwhelmed at times and can sometimes feel like you’re the one who has it ‘harder’, but remember to respect each other, talk to each other, laugh when you can, expect to not know what you’re doing, trust each other and remember above all else treat each other like loving devoted friends who have created an (cliche alert…but so true!) amazing miracle together.

    PS and if anyone asks how they can help? Get them to cook a dish and put it in your freezer! 🙂

  21. Rebecca S 10 years ago

    The best relationship advice I was given as a new parent from a midwife is not to neglect the relationship with my husband. Once the the children are grown up and left home, all that will be left is you and your husband. A happy marriage also resonates positivity in your relationship with your child because they feel safe and loved.

  22. Leigh Bonello 10 years ago

    My best relationship advice for new parents would be … to enjoy every minute because they grow up so quickly!

  23. Elizabeth 10 years ago

    My best relationship advice for new parents is; you will feel all the extremes; overwhelming love, anger, wonder and resentment. Dont think the negative emotions are invalid. Talk about them. It will help. And slow down. Just getting the pram in the car takes 15 minutes. Hard to adjust, but you will get there….

  24. Kirrin 10 years ago

    My best advice for new parents would be always remember that you are a team, work together and stick together, you’re both new to this. That and if someone offers to babysit so you can go and spend time together, happily accept!!

  25. Micky 10 years ago

    “My best relationship advice for new parents would be to never rush of compare your baby’s rate of advancement with others as they all grow at their own pace

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*