Every child is different and there’s no instruction manual on how to raise them (unfortunately, right?). Raising your kid is hard enough without all the unsolicited advice you get from others. My favorite is the advice from people that don’t even have kids. “Should you be doing that?” or “You’re still breastfeeding?!” or even “Do you think that’s best for your child?” Well, yes, I believe I do, thankyouverymuch.
You can read all the parenting books you want and research everything you can online, but the best advocate for your child is YOU. You spend day-in and day-out with that kid, no one knows them like you do, and I’m sorry, but, no one knows what is best for your kid except for you (and your kid).
It’s a mother’s (or father’s) intuition, right? Believe me, I know how hard it can be when you receive different advice from all these different sources and people. You already feel like you don’t know what you’re doing and it makes you start to question yourself or even regret decisions you’ve already made. It makes life unnecessarily stressful!
So my best advice? Trust your gut. Use your instincts. Do what YOU feel is best for your kid and when you get that unsolicited advice? Smile and nod.
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