My sister gave me a subscription to Parenting magazine before you were born and in the first issue I received was the best parenting advice I have ever heard or read in an article entitled Baby Survival Guide:
#7 There’s No One Else Like You
Only a handful of babycare rules are written in stone (specifically, those having to do with health and safety–like, you really should always put a baby to sleep on his back). Most everything else is up for interpretation. “It’s great to read up, solicit opinions, and listen respectfully to advice you haven’t asked for,” says Michelle Wilkins. But you know your baby and yourself best. You’ll know when an idea resonates.”
Adds Chantel Fry, mom of Dylan, 3 , and Madalyn, 7 months, in Pittsburgh: “You’re going to be different than the next mom. Not better, not worse–because you do the best you can, and if at the end of the day your child has laughed, is clean and fed, you can go to sleep knowing that you did what is expected of you.” No matter how you did those things, exactly, you can be proud that you’re inventing your own special way of being a mom.
– Maura Rhodes, Parenting December/January 2009
I have photocopied this, posted it on the memo board above your changing table in your room, carry it in my wallet and have sent it to friends. I read it often, especially after a particularly trying day and I always feel better about the job I’m doing as your mommy.
The best is yet to be.