When my first child was a baby, I had subscriptions to at least three different parenting magazines. I would scour each issue, ogling the adorable baby products; researching the popular theories in parenting; determined to be the best mother ever! After a while I came to realize that parenting theories change almost as often as my daughter changes her clothes.
Magazines aren’t our only sources for parenting information. We search online, we buy books, we listen to podcasts…the sources of information are almost limitless, and constantly changing. I searched for the term “parenting” in books on Amazon.com and came up with 103,218 Results!
With all of this expert advice available for our perusal, it can be overwhelming at times to know what is right. So, I will add my thoughts to the myriad others out there. Here is my advice: read the articles, search out advice from other mothers, ask your pediatrician. After you have done this…use what works for you! Yup, don’t feel guilty if you fail at the Ferber method! Everyone is different; you, your spouse, your child…bringing all of those differences to the table makes for a unique blend that is your family. Just like a dress that looks great on the mannequin in the store window is disappointing when you look in the mirror; some expert advice will NOT work for you, and that is OK! The dress is still beautiful, but it just doesn’t work for you, but it may look great on your neighbor. You may just look HOT in that pair of jeans nobody else can pull off!