the best words - a huggies post
I've been asked by BlogHer and Huggies to take some walks down memory lane and explore some (what I think will be) FUN subjects about babies and having them and getting ready for them and all the fun stuff that goes with THEM! I volunteered for this series for selfish reasons. I think it will be a great way to document some thoughts and feelings that maybe I haven't before but should have. I hope you will enjoy them, too!
Sometimes the best help you can get comes in the form of words...they can convey courage, they can encourage and they can build your confidence as a mother and so much more when they come from the right source.
We've talked already about finding a good pediatrician and when you find a good one you can trust, their words can go a long way to calming you, building you up and helping you find your sanity. So far, we've been extremely blessed in the pediatrician department. We've had good listeners, calm doctors and doctors who were more interested in helping us be good parents than hearing themselves talk.
Some of the best advice I've gotten as a parent came from our pediatrician. And it may not be the kind of advice you would think. It's not medical. It's not about runny noses or fevers. It has nothing to do with bodily functions or growth charts. No, my favorite advice had nothing to do with my kids. My favorite advice from our pediatrician was about believing in my instincts as a mother.
My boys have been blessed enough that between the two of them I think they've had about five non-well child visits. They probably only needed three of those. The other two were times where I just needed someone to tell me that it was OK not to be an over worrying mom. That is was OK not to run to the doctor for every sniffle, sneeze or (gasp) fever. I seem to be in the minority when it comes to this subject (of not running to the doctor every five minutes) and I was able to have a very frank discussion with our pediatrician about this.
She took the time to listen and remind me that I know what I'm doing. We went over the only real reasons to run to the doctor, which I was already aware of and she let me know that it was OK to listen to myself! I remember those conversations when my friends who tend to worry more try to push me into running into the doctor.
Constantly pushing your own intuition aside leads to lack of confidence in yourself as a mother and I'm thankful for having a pediatrician who encouraged me to lean and grow into my own intuition as a mother.
How about you? What's the best advice you've ever been given?
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