Parenting Myths We Need To Stop Believing

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This one is no myth – being a parent, especially a first time parent, is tough. No matter how hard you try, nothing prepares you for parenthood. You get to face a bunch of new information and experience new things beyond your expectations. This is why, as parents, it is acceptable for us to make mistakes, granted that we do everything we can to correct each mistake and treat every day as a learning experience.

In my years of being a mom, I encountered some facts about parenting that turned out to be myths. Here are some:

Myth #1 – You are spoiling your baby by picking her up every time she cries.

Responding to your baby’s needs isn’t spoiling her. It is only a way to make your baby feel loved and secure and to teach her to trust her environment. In fact, according to research, responding to a baby’s needs will make her more confident and less whiny as a kid.

So go ahead and comfort your baby whenever you think she needs it. For the first few months of her life, she deserves all the love and attention she can get.

Myth #2 – Good parents don’t have time for themselves

If you are a parent with barely any time for yourself, we appreciate you for being all-giving to your family, but in order to better take care of your kids, you have to make time for yourself, too.

Imagine that inside each one of us is a love tank. As a parent, you are always willing to give away what you have to those you love. But in order to give more, you need to fill up your self-love tank. That’s what a little time for yourself can do. By learning to take care of yourself, you are able to fill up your love tank so you can give more and without hesitation.

Myth #3 – Parenting is instinctive

In some way, parenting skills are innate. Even before your baby is born, you already know the basics. You use your instincts to identify when your baby needs something and know how to meet her needs. However, that’s not always the case. As time goes by, you will come to realize that parenting is a learned skill. You make mistakes and learn from it. That’s how you get to be the best parent.

You may have a different opinion for this, but for me it’s still a myth. Parenting can’t be purely based on instinct. It is rather a combination of both instinct and learning. At times we listen to our maternal instinct, but most of the time we make decisions based on what we have learned.

These are only some of the facts I discovered to be myths. Do you have anything to add to this list?discount code

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