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The One Piece of Parenting Advice All Moms Need to Hear

A few weeks after my son was born, I desperately sought a parenting manual that would tell me exactly how to be the perfect mother. I checked out multiple books from the library. I requested advice from every mother I knew. I even asked a male colleague's wife for tips, even though I had never met her, because he had often told me how well his babies slept.

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Someone, please tell me the secret to doing everything right.

What I didn't know, at the time, was that I was at the height of postpartum anxiety, and the thoughts racing through my head were not going be corralled easily. By the time I got to my doctor for help, I was sleeping just a few hours a night and lying awake while my son slept, thinking of all of the things I was probably doing wrong.

"Mom," I said to my mother on the phone, tearfully, during a frequent "happy hour" when my son was crying inconsolably. "I don't know what he needs."

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"He needs YOU, honey," she said. "That's all he needs. You are the only person who can provide him with the love and care that is uniquely yours. There is no such thing as a parenting expert, because every child is different; you have to trust yourself. You're doing just fine."

With those words, my mother set me free.

I gathered up every sleep training, parenting, and feeding book I had in the house and considered a bonfire.

I gathered up every sleep training, parenting, and feeding book I had in the house and considered a bonfire. (Instead, I stuck them in a brown paper bag and gave them all to Goodwill.) I stopped perusing the mommy message boards.






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Date: 05.12.2018, 17:30 / Views: 63532