Monday, June 8, 2015

Figuring out my mom "type"

There are so many countless types of parenting out there. Starting from the first pregnancy announcement, moms are constantly being given advice from well-wishers who have the best of intentions. However, the little bits of advice on pregnancy health, birth plans, breastfeeding, baby sleeping, baby carrying, baby feeding, baby medicating, discipline, etc, can get pretty overwhelming pretty quickly. Naturally, every mother does her research and finds what works best for her and her family, and shares that with others to offer counsel and support--which is awesome!

While we're on the topic, I love this little satire:



After a while, though, it becomes hard for the new mom to figure out her "mom style," her little niche on how she intends to parent, according to what works for her, her family, her individual children, her budget, her lifestyle, and so on. It's different for every single parent, which is why there's no way to limit or categorize "mom styles" in any way that Buzzfeed could put into a handy quiz to make it easier for everyone.

I'd share my tips and tricks, but I don't really feel experienced enough to have any authority on the topic, but I'd be more than happy to share what works for us as we go along. Here have been (or I hope will be!) some of my favorite resources:

1. What To Expect When You're Expecting - This comprehensive guide has pretty much everything in it. I referenced it early and often, although not everything applied to me and it of course did not replace the Doctor's information and advice.



2. Babycenter - I signed up for these handy emails as soon as I had my first positive pregnancy test. I love the weekly updates on my kids' development and surprisingly accurate educated guesses on what I've been experiencing along the way. the whole website is full of tons of goodies... I just used the symptom checker last night for little Celine (who has a touch of the flu but is recovering swimmingly).

3. MOPS - I cannot express how much of a blessing it has been to have a MOPS group in my tiny little Iowa town. These women get together twice a month (and sometimes more!) to enjoy brunch, share stories, and provide perfect company. There are guest speakers, crafts, special occasion days, and oh, so much more. If you're a mom working part-time or staying at home, I highly encourage you to check for a group in your area. They have provided me with a wealth of communication and support. 

4. Supernanny - My kiddo is still a little young for most of this expert's tips, but Supernanny was a lifesaver when I worked with PreK-6th grade kids on a regular basis, not to mention babysitting or nannying in my younger years. A lot of the videos are a little dated (you'll have to ignore the late 90's/early 2000's fashion) but many, if not all, of the principles are timeless. Search a specific topic or just browse and find what fits for your family on youtube.




5. Bébé Day By Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting - Ok, full disclosure: I have not actually read this book. BUT I have heard nothing but rave reviews about it. Apparently the French have their shit together when it comes to parenting. Not that American families don't, but we might be able to learn a thing or two from the different styles across the pond. This is definitely on my wish list and I'll be sure to post my review once it's finished.



BONUS: Pinterest - Because why not. Once you filter through the spam or expired links, there's some pretty good user/blogger submitted stuff in there.

Do you have any parenting resources, tips, or tricks to share? Comment or send me a message!

Until next time! :)

--Justine


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