Parenting: How'd you learn?

Jackie - posted on 06/16/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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We each have our own style of parenting and I'm just curious where we each learned to parent from. There's so many different ideas and "no-no's" and "do's" out there that it just makes me curious where it came from.
When my son was born I had a mixture to learn from. I had my mother and grandmothers styles then I had 2 sets of in-laws to learn from. As he gets older though its all just me and a few friends from work.

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Renee - posted on 06/16/2010

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I think most of my parenting skills come from my parents. I also was raised around a lot of kids and come from a BIG family. I started to nanny when I was in the 8th grade for my cousins all summer long as a live in. I think I also picked up some things NOT to do when working child welfare. My husband is not a very good person to learn or add to the parenting area. He is scared to death of little little kids and doesn't have a clue what to do. His mother is out there in left field and paranoid about everything. His dad raised them as little adults not as kids. His parents divorced when he was about 10 years old.

Krys - posted on 06/16/2010

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My mom mostly and my oldest sister....then lkater ppl from the church i attended. But will say this i took all the advice then i decided wht worked best for my son.

Medic - posted on 06/16/2010

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I kind of took what worked for my parents threw out what I knew really didn't work and then just winged it...I figured as long as they were alive I was doing alright. joking.....maybe

Brandy - posted on 06/16/2010

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Well, I guess I learned in a few different ways. I read all the pamphlets and booklets I was given at the hospital. I did alot of research and looked up studies done on multiple things (breastmilk vs. formula, when to start solids, co-sleeping are a few things) and I take the research into consideration but mostly trust my instincts. If I were to fall into a category, I would definately follow attached parenting the most because it seems to agree with the research I have done and satisfy my motherly instincts. When I'm on the fence about something, I go to my mom. I'm glad I did my research and I think that is a big part of why I have such calm, well-behaved babies. And I like that my friends always come to me when they have questions about what to do with their own kids or for pregnancy questions.

Carly - posted on 06/16/2010

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Hi Jackie :)

I think I found most stuff out from my mum , alot is common sense as well but not many of my friends had kids till after me so mum is definatly number 1 with advice , I now have 3 friends who constantly ring me with questions ( its quite nice :)) I agree that there are so many different ideas and dos and donts but you are their mum so it comes down to you and your decision you dont have to raise your kids exactly how everyone else does ! good luck

Jenna - posted on 06/16/2010

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I chose NOT to do what my in-laws were doing, because my hubby and I agreed it wasn't good lol. I did the best I could from the way my parents raised me. And lastly my husband and I constantly look at what we are doing and discuss how we want to improve or back off.

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