I will never forget the very moment I gave birth to my daughter. I was absolutely buried in feelings of love and gratitude. And very soon after, I was equally buried in advice, suggestions and information.
As most mothers would agree, the first thing that people did when they found out that a baby was on the way was to give advice. Well, maybe it was the third thing- right after they congratulated you and asked about the sex of your baby. I am certain that all of this was thrown at me with the best intentions, but it was overwhelming nonetheless. I was ready to change my middle name to “You should,” “You’ll want to,” or “You’ve got to.”
Of course, those feelings of love and gratitude persist to this day, but so do the recommendations. And that’s coming from a sleep expert, a professional, someone in the child care field who has worked with children for so many years. I can only imagine the tidal waves of hints and advice that must overwhelm a mother who openly asks for it.
As far as being a professional in the working field, plus being a mom, the one thing I can surely say is that there is no such thing as a casual mom. This gig is full-time, no matter if you’re a stay-at-home-mom, a working mom, or somewhere in between. Your kids are on your mind 24/7 and there are so many expectations that we feel as mothers that we need to fulfill. So naturally, we do a lot of research, and with access to unlimited data via the internet, Barnes & Noble, Facebook, Google, your friends, or your mother-in-law; it’s inevitable that we get some conflicting information. Although when it comes to kids, I think the discussion even eclipses politics for the sheer divisiveness and claiming opinion as fact.