1.  There’s no “right” way to parent your child.

Everyone has a different theory on how best to parent… Let your baby cry it out; Rock your baby to sleep; Send your child to daycare; Keep your child home; Disciple your toddler; Don’t discipline until your toddler is older.  The list goes on forever.  But, I’ve got a secret… everyone’s right!  Only you, your significant other (if you have one) and your baby know what’s best for your family.  There’s only one rule: love.

2.  Trust your instincts.

At the end of the day, no one knows your baby better than you, so trust your instincts.  Think something’s wrong even though baby has no fever?  Take him to the doctor!  Think baby is hungry even though he ate a big lunch?  Give him a snack anyway.  Think baby is crying in the middle of the night because he’s teething?  Go comfort him even though you’d usually let him cry.  Your intuition about your child will be right more often than anyone else’s opinion.

3.  Love motherhood.

Not every minute of it because, let’s face it… it’s tough work and certainly not the most glamorous of jobs.  But, there’s nothing else in the world comparable to being a mom…it’s an experience only other mothers can understand.  It makes you cry, it makes you laugh, it brings you more frustration and joy than you could possibly imagine.  Most importantly, it teaches you your capacity to love completely, unselfishly, unwaveringly, and eternally.   Despite all the trials, it is the most amazing gift you’ll ever receive.

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About Lauren

Lauren Gindes is the founder of mommylearningcurve.com, a website community for first-time moms climbing the steep learning curve of motherhood. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her son, Nate and husband, Jonathan.
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