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Friday Club – Parenting Tips

The Friday Club

It’s that time again, and this time I’ve remembered to actually do the post! Last week I thought it was still Thursday on Friday for some bizarre reason so I didn’t get my post for The Friday Club in, so I diligently asked what the subject for this week would be so I could get on and write a post in advance to ensure I didn’t miss it again.

When I was told the theme for this week was parenting tips I wondered what on earth I could write about, what was there that I could possibly say to another parent to make things easier for them in some way? Yes I’ve got a daughter, and managed to keep her alive and well for the last nine years on my own, but I don’t necessarily have any tips saved up I can give out.

What I will say though and perhaps the biggest lesson I have learned since becoming a parent what seems ages ago, but also only yesterday, is listen to yourself and do what you feel is best for your baby/child and your family.

People will offer you all kinds of advice along the way, from the moment you announce your pregnancy you will be hounded by stories of every Tom, Dick and Harry about their births and how you should do it naturally/in a birthing pool/while in a yoga pose/with every drug you can get your hands on. You will be told that weaning from four months is best then a few weeks later it changes to six months. Breast is best and bottles are the devils work (they aren’t trust me), how to hold, wash and even dress your baby. And it won’t stop once your child is no longer a baby, someone will always have an opinion on what you should or shouldn’t be doing with or for your child.

My advice to you is listen (or at least pretend you’re listening), digest the information offered and choose to ignore or take on board whatever you feel is best for you. You will instinctively know if there is something wrong with your child as you will know what is best for them. Yes you will make mistakes along the way and no they won’t be catastrophic, it’s just how you learn what suits you as you find and develop your own parenting style.

Here are the other entries in this parenting tips carnival:

Nova at Cherished by Me shares her tips in Encouraging Children to Read.

Gemma at HelloitsGemma’s Blog gives us her working mum tips in This working Mummy’s guide to life.

Maggy at Red Ted Art shows us how Baby Can Draw!

Chris at Thinly Spread gives us her Secret to Relaxed Parenting.

Cass at The Diary of a Frugal Family shows us how she teaches her children about other countries and cultures whilst having fun in America Day.

Helen at Cheeky Wipes gives us her tips in Fussy Eating.

Mummy Beadzoid gives us some Parenting tips for the NICU/SCBU parent.

Kelly at Domestic Goddesque shares her advice in Terrible Twos: tips for dealing with tantrums?

Ella at Notes From Home gives us her tip for encouraging children to tidy up at the end of the day.

Tiddlyompompom shares her weaning tips in her oh so helpful guide to weaning.

Mymumdom shares her tips in Parenting Tips (Me Over The Edge).

SouthoftheRiverMum tells us her plans to set up a Reward System at Home.

Jax at Making It Up discusses behavioural issues in a quandary in search of a tip.

Bod for Tea shares her advice on finding a ‘helper’ to encourage your child to do things they don’t really like doing in Bunny says.

Hayley at Simply Hayley tells us about Hugs and Love.

Make Do Mum shares her stickability scale in Know Your Enemy.

Blue Sky at Looking for Blue Sky gives us some teenage tips.

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  1. If you are right, you are almost certainly wrong. | Home Educating the Puddle Chicks. says

    [...] Not so single mum at Diary of a Not So Single Mum shares her advice on doing what you feel is best for your child and your family. [...]

  2. Hugs and love » Simply Hayley says

    [...] Not so single mum at Diary of a Not So Single Mum shares her advice on doing what you feel is best for your child and your family. [...]

  3. Cass@frugalfamily says

    I completely agree. I remember when Beth was born she started to sleep through the night almost straight away and the midwife (old bag that she was) said that she shouldn’t be doing this and told me that I needed to set my alarm to wake her up through the night if she didn’t wake herself as she wouldn’t be getting enough food.

    This seemed so ridiculous as surely all other babies managed to let their mothers know if they were hungry in the night but still, the midwife knew best and I set my alarm for the middle of the night to wake her up and give her a feed!

    I did this for one night before I decided that I knew my baby better than the midwife and that she would wake me if she was hungry!

  4. CherishedByMe says

    And what great advice that is, every child/parent is different and it is trial and error finding what suits you. :)

  5. ella says

    I think this is actually the single most important bit of advice that should be given to new mums :) Becoming a mother seems to be the time everyone has an opinion about something relating to babies!

  6. tiddlyompompom says

    oh my goodness, that is so important. the world and his wife will tell you how to wean/sleep train/potty train etc etc. switching off and/or filtering it out is vital for your sanity!

  7. tiddlyompompom’s oh so helpful guide to weaning » tiddlyompompom says

    [...] Not so single mum at Diary of a Not So Single Mum shares her advice on doing what you feel is best for your child and your family. [...]

  8. This working Mummy’s guide to life « Helloitsgemma's Blog says

    [...] Not so single mum at Diary of a Not So Single Mum shares her advice on doing what you feel is best for your child and your family. [...]

  9. Terrible Twos: tips for dealing with tantrums? | Domestic Goddesque says

    [...] Not so single mum at Diary of a Not So Single Mum shares her advice on doing what you feel is best for your child and your family. [...]

  10. Cheeky Wipes: parenting tips for fusy eaters | Cheeky Baby Wipes Blog says

    [...] Not so single mum at Diary of a Not So Single Mum shares her advice on doing what you feel is best for your child and your family. [...]

  11. Red Ted Art's Blog » Blog Archive » Kids Crafts – Baby can draw! says

    [...] Not so single mum at Diary of a Not So Single Mum shares her advice on doing what you feel is best for your child and your family. [...]

  12. The Secret to Relaxed Parenting! | Thinly Spread says

    [...] Not so single mum at Diary of a Not So Single Mum shares her advice on doing what you feel is best for your child and your family. [...]

  13. Parenting Tips: encouraging your children to tidy-up at the end of the day — Notes From Home says

    [...] Not so single mum at Diary of a Not So Single Mum shares her advice on doing what you feel is best for your child and your family. [...]

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