It seems like every parent has an opinion of the best way to rear an infant. When I had my child, I never really even gave much thought into parenting styles. I never purchased, “What to Expect When Your Expecting”. I watched the movie. Not very informative in reality, ha! I read the Baby Center updates, but when my daughter turned a year old, I stopped reading them. I decided the updates stressed me out. I felt I wanted to use my intuition to raise my child. Plus, one of my good friends was that kind of mom who read every article and was up to date on EVERYTHING, so I could always ask her anything. Using the help of my family, other mothers, and visits with the pediatrician I had most of my questions answered. The ones unanswered, I used Google for, a lot! Now, here I am, a mom who’s adapted more the the “attachment” style of parenting that I never expected. This post is to tell mothers out there to “trust your gut!”.
Parenting is so hard and exhausting. We need to be encouragements for one another as parents, not judgemental. It is such a joyful and fulfilling role, but also very demanding. We need to understand when others are not on a perfect schedule or maybe on a perfect schedule. We need to have grace for each other.
*I recommend Love and Logic as a practical parenting guide that addresses some early parenting strategies.
*I believe every parent should make every effort to ensure their child is safe and healthy. “Trusting your gut” does not mean being lazy, negligent, or passive in parenting. For example, I still believe parents should do their best to childproof their homes, etc, and not hope for the best!