I’m fortunate to have several family members with young kids around me. It means I’ve gotten to see how several other parents have chosen to raise their kids and in doing so, have gotten a good idea of some things we do and do not want to do with ours. And it’s from these experiences of watching parenting strategies that I made a lot of decisions.
I put my child to sleep a certain way at the suggestion of one relative, I’m feeding at the suggestion of another. My parenting philosophy is really a patchwork quilt made up of the strategies of others around me. I think that’s the nicest way to say that I’m a total copy cat. And for the most part, it has worked tremendously. My baby is happy and thriving and we’ve conquered a number of hurdles already.
But then there’s the other side of things. The side where you realize that you made some decisions a little hastily. That your parenting philosophy made perfect sense…until you became a parent. I’ve noticed more and more of these popping up lately and so these are the 10 decisions that I made before having kids that I’m doing back on now that I have them.
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