Whether you are a first time parent or a 5th time parent, people will always tell you what you ‘should’, or more often ‘shouldn’t’, be doing with your baby.
Some people can easily brush this off, but for others it leaves you questioning your own judgement, and even ability as a parent. For me, especially with my first child, I thought that if these people were so adamant in their lists of should and shouldn’t, that perhaps I was doing it wrong. I needed to change my approach or do things differently. After all I didn’t want to make a rod for my own back, or spoil my baby in any way. I didn’t want a 15-year-old who needed rocking to sleep, or a school aged child still expecting milk on demand, or a toddler with a wobbly neck because I hadn’t done tummy time. All of which seemed possible if I continued doing the thibgs I should/ shouldnt be, according to others. Peoples unsolicited instructions, I say instructions because it was delivered in such a way, impacted on my confidence as a parent. ...
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