Erica - posted on 05/19/2011 ( 30 moms have responded )
Hi, I'm 22 and expecting my first child. I'm friends with a lot of moms(most a good 5-7 years older than me) and everytime they ask a question related to children to a group of people and I answer them I always get the "Why are you answering me??" look. I've even had women tell me that I don't know what I'm talking about because I'm too young and not a mother yet. What does my age have to do with anything????? Yeah I don't have the personal experience of raising a child 24/7 just yet, but I do know how I want to raise my children and am set in my beliefs of whats right and wrong just like any other mom.
Example: One of my friends asked a group of moms what they thought was a good bed time for her 4 year old son. Most of them answered that their kids around the same age usually stay up past 10pm. This answer kinda shocked me. I didn't argue with any of them, but politely said, "Well you may want to start putting him to bed earlier, maybe 8:30 to 9pm, so he can get use to waking up earlier, which he will have to do when he starts Kindergarden next August." Everyone just looked at me weird. Some even rolled their eyes. Then the next person went on talking as if I hadn't said anything.
I don't get it!!! That seemed like a reasonable suggestion to me.....