CONFESSIONS OF AN INSECURE MOM
By Sarah Piercy
The comments started the day I found out I was pregnant. At first, I appreciated different perspectives and anything off-color just rolled off my back:
Cloth diapers are inconvenient. Disposable diapers have chemicals.
He should sleep on his back. He should sleep on his tummy.
He needs the sun for vitamin D. But don’t go in the sun, take a supplement.
Wear sunscreen. Don’t wear sunscreen.
Cry it out. Use a schedule. Don’t cry it out. Don’t schedule. Let him be a kid, do your thing.
The list is almost limitless. But you know where this leaves me as a new mom after my first year? Incredibly insecure. No matter what I do. Or don’t do. I’m a failure.
SO HOW DO WE OVERCOME INSECURITY?
1. BE OPEN-HANDED
I have to acknowledge that, while I am doing the best I can with the information and resources I have, I don’t know everything. I may learn or discover something that causes me to change. And that’s okay. That’s good.
2. BE CURIOUS
Ask questions. Seek to understand alternate opinions (judgment-free). We don’t have to agree with everything to ask thoughtful questions with the intention of understanding one another. It shows respect. And humility . . .
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