Natalie Rose - posted on 08/21/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )
When I became pregnant with my first child I spent a great deal of time reading and researching childcare, parenting, and babies in general. I had spent most of my life as a babysitter, nanny, daycare employee, or teaching young children in some capacity (music, art, private tutoring) and I really wanted to know what was out there as far as the How-To's of raising a child. Throughout my pregnancy and especially in the first few months of my daughter's life, I realized just how opinionated people are about the different ways to parent. "Do this, do that, don't get an epidural, don't co-sleep, use a moby not an ergo, spank your child" and on and on... It became clear that I needed to carefully weigh what other well-meaning mommas were telling me and what *felt right in my heart*. I'm a strong believer in a mother's intuition: I think if you are a balanced, healthy person, your intuition will kick in as it needs to and learning to listen to it is, for me anyway, a very helpful tool. Of course, I have my own opinions (and strong ones at that) on all the varying topics and I really love discussing them with people - I can't imagine not having other mommas to talk to about everything from poop and bath times to marriage and sex...I do think there is an ideal way to parent but I know the person next to me might completely disagree and that's ok. I have my own two wonderful kiddos that I'm responsible for and I'm determined to do my best with them!
Here's a big CHEERS to other mommas looking to do right by their kids, and to the beautiful diversity in just how to do that! :-)