Apparently, there’s no ‘guide to parenting’ book with answers to all the questions a new parent might ask… Trust me on that one. I’ve already browsed every bookshelf of every bookstore. It doesn’t exist. The funny thing is that right up until the moment I became a parent, I thought it did. I guess I just figured that there was one right way to do things and one wrong way. But you know how there’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s? There’s just about as many acceptable, parenting options for mommies and daddies to choose from, whether they’re deciding on diapers or even on how to put their child to sleep at night.
One thing I do know for sure, however, is that the worst possible thing that a new mom can do is ask a question via Facebook. Not that I learned that the hard way or anything… But again, just trust me on this one. All the advise you’ll receive will be different, because no one can agree on anything, except for the fact that you’re doing it wrong. Because you’re a new mom… So obviously you’re clueless… I mean, you’re on Facebook asking a question that pertains to the well-being of your child, for goodness sake! Not exactly a move that will earn you a ‘Mommy of the Year’ award.
It took me a little while to figure out; but I now realize that just as every baby is different, every parent has a different way of doing things. So, yes, there are multiple right answers. What works for one family might not work for the next. You just kind of have to figure it out as you go sometimes…. Listen to the advice of trusted moms that you’re close to, and then follow your heart (because, at the end of the day, no one knows your baby like you do).
I always thought that I’d be clueless, because I never was around babies all that often. But there are days that I just know what to do and how to solve the problem, and I’m left feeling like a supermom.
For the moments during which I haven’t a clue? Well, we survive somehow and live to face another day!
And as for Facebook, leave that for the impossibly adorable photo’s you take (and then upload) throughout the week. 🙂