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Michelle Duggar Shares Her Parenting Secrets

The Short of It

Michelle Duggar is the mom of 19 kids, which basically makes her a walking, talking "What to Expect When You Are Expecting," pregnancy thru marriage expert. Recently, a fan asked Michelle Duggar what she'd tell her own daughters about pregnancy and motherhood, especially in light of her daughter Jill expecting her first baby in March with husband Derick Dillard.

The Lowdown

Michelle Duggar gave the following tips:

1. Date Nights Are a Must

"It's important to keep that focus on building and strengthening your marriage relationship because that gives your children stability in their lives," she said. "When they see mom and dad are making it a priority to love each other and focus on their relationship, it reminds them that their parents love each other and that their relationship is a top priority in the family."

2. Sleep is the Most Important Thing

"Try to get a nap in when the baby takes a nap, especially while you're breastfeeding the baby," she said. "You can see everything that needs to be done around the house. You need to catch up on laundry; you need to do some cleaning; you want to do some ironing—whatever. But just take that break and sleep, even if it's just an hour while the baby is sleeping."

3. Cherish the Moments

"[Babies] pretty much eat and sleep, and they're just not awake for a whole lot of time. Take lots of pictures, and make a lot of sweet memories of that special time," she said.

The Upshot

I agree with every single thing that Michelle Duggar said, and she should know, having 19 kids and all. Babies are simple. All you need to do is love them unconditionally and remember to take care of yourself. All the rest will fall into place.

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