What Kind Of Mom Are You, Based On The People You Trust For Parenting AdviceThe person you trust the most for tips says a lot about who you are as a mom.CREATED WITH ROBINSONS SUPERMARKET
Don’t compare. How often do mothers hear this daily? Your child will develop at his own pace. Your parenting style is different. Your lifestyle isn’t the same as others.
While this advice comes from a good place, it’s also counterintuitive. Without one single guidebook to motherhood, how do we know we’re doing it right? You’re raising a person, after all. It would be nice to find some sort of affirmation that you’re not messing it up.
Maybe that’s why mothers talk to each other a lot — or go online or text their pediatricians. It’s not to compare, but rather to know how they’re faring so far. Am I doing well? Am I not doing enough? Am I acing this?
This is the proverbial village — the online forums, the parenting experts, the husband, the other mom in the pediatrician’s office, the pediatrician, the friends who had babies first. They all play a role in how a mother rears her child.
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What Kind of Mom Are You, Based On The People You Trust For Parenting Advice1. Your newborn keeps crying and just wants to suckle. You’re suddenly worried if you have enough milk. Maybe it’s gas. Maybe he is just in a “mommy” phase.Wake your husband! He can cuddle the baby while you take a power nap. Mental note: Ask him to buy you galactagogues.Send a message to your personal mommy group asking if they’ve experienced something similar. Maybe they might even have spare milk?2. Your 3-year-old has been on a rampage. You sit down next to her and she throws a fit. No matter what you do, she’s not happy. It’s tantrum season and you’re about to pull your hair out.Let the hubby take over for a few minutes as you take a deep breath. Your patience is running short, which is perfectly understandable.Schedule a girls’ night out — with wine! — on Zoom. There’s no better break than chatting with your best girls about the hardest and best parts of being a mom.Discuss with your own mom the various methods of disciplining and reminisce about your difficult toddler days.3. Your toddler only wants to eat plain rice! Anything else you offer gets shot down. You’ve even resorted to the not-so-good stuff just because you’re desperate for a little variety.Talk to your husband about other possible options. How far are you willing to stretch your strict nutritional standards just to give your child more options?Go to your trusty mommy Facebook community to ask if picky eating is a phase and how to shake your kid out of it.Debate internally whether to get your mom’s advice. Should you ask grandma knowing how much she loves spoiling her grandchildren with sweets?4. Every parent has had to deal with a kid refusing to do homework, but it’s a situation that’s been compounded by pandemic-induced homeschooling. Your grade-schooler loves taking extended recesses and ignores his or her modules.List the pros and cons of a reward system with Dad. Would disciplining work? But who would do the disciplining?Start a video-conferencing study group with your friends’ kids. Maybe seeing other children studying hard will motivate him or her?5. Your kids just aren’t getting along. They’re always trying to outdo each other. They’re always competing for your attention.Take your husband aside and decide how to best deal with the situation. Bond with each child individually, then make time to have fun as a family.Go through forums to check if other moms have raised this issue. Is this temporary stage or will there be serious repercussions to their relationship if you wait it out?Chat up your siblings and wonder how you all turned out normal. Apologize to mom for all the stress you caused her all those years ago.6. Your pre-teen is hooked to her phone. She’s looking at the screen even during meals or tapping away during family movie night.Lay down the ground rules on when and where to use devices. Family time is now a strictly phone-free zone.At what age did your friends give their kids a phone? Ask your best friend how much screen time she allows her children.You try to remember what you did back in the day when phones and tablets weren’t so prevalent. How did your mom keep you all entertained back then?7. You hate to say it, but your 5-year-old is acting a bit spoiled. She cries when she doesn’t get what she wants. Sometimes you feel like it’s your fault just because you give in to make things easier.It’s time to toughen up. Remind your husband that you don’t want to raise an entitled child. Saying no is difficult but necessary in building character.You look at the majority of your friends’ children and check if they’re also acting entitled. Maybe it’s a generational thing?Consult with your mom regarding possible solutions. (And remind her not to buy your daughter too many presents anymore.)8. You catch your son lying about breaking a family heirloom.You and your husband talk to your son about the value of honesty. Offer positive reinforcement, but remind him that he must learn to face consequences.Lying is a normal phase. Share the incident with your support group and wait to hear their opinions before doing anything.You remember all the times your mom caught you in a lie and how she dealt with it. You assess if you could use the same techniques for this situation.9. You’re overwhelmed about working from home and schooling from home and just being at home in general. This is perfectly normal. Taking a break doesn’t make you less of a supermom. How do you want to unwind?A simple movie night with the husband. Two pure hours without hair pulling or nappies or “more milk!”Have your weekly chikahan with your own mama. It’s not that you need advice; you just want someone to listen and who can empathize.
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