Not one size fits all

Recently I was at the playground with Miss Moo pushing her on the swing when I overheard a group of Mums talking about sleep routines. I won’t repeat the conversation word for word but I can tell you the following things were mentioned ; Self Soothing, cry it out , swaddling  and introducing solids early.

I found myself walking away from the playground that day thinking about the many conversations I’d had with Mr T & T over the years about the latest article or book I’d read and convincing him that whatever recent  sleep method I’d read about was a great idea and we should try it. Two weeks in and the book was back on the shelf or returned never to be spoken about again.

Some of our older kids were great sleepers and some  could have easily given night shift workers a run for their money in a competition of who is more alert after pulling an all nighter.
Of course we would get the many meaningful advisers in our younger days as parents about just leaving them cry etc.

So 15 years after our Miss Teen was born when we found out we were expecting Miss Moo I went out and began my usual quest for information from the latest experts.  Crazy I know,  after all we already had 4 kids so why would we need a book.

Truth be known reflecting now,  I was determined to do what most parents want to do,  be the best and do the best job I could. Have we tried any new methods this time around?
I can honestly say yes.  The same ones we are still doing ; What works for our family and Miss Moo.
We know this time will pass quicker than we want it to, so if that means she needs extra cuddles or to have us close by then so be it because before we know it she will be asking us to take her for driving lessons.

Please don’t misunderstand me there are lots of wonderful parenting books out there and I’m almost positive that I will read more but Just like a gorgeous winter coat ( there isn’t a one size fits each family method).

To all My Mummy friends out there and friends of mums I say be kind to yourselves and them. Parenting is a journey that never ends and each day has its challenges and celebrations.

Your doing great!

Enjoy the Moments

Jules 💜

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4 thoughts on “Not one size fits all

  1. Such a good post Julie. Amazing how we are continually trying to make this parenting gig ‘better’ and really how we are going is pretty good. Each of my kids was different and what worked for the girls definitely didn’t work for Hayden. But along the way I learnt that whatever is best for your family is ok.

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  2. So true, it’s really about what’s going to work best for your family and your kids. I read a few books with our first as I was all about the ‘routine’ for awhile there, but found myself picking the bits which worked for us and resulted in a happy bub as well as Mum and Dad.

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  3. I tried not to read too many parenting books before my tornadoes were born but, like Lauren, I picked out bits and pieces and tailored something that worked for us. I think going by the idea of “whatever works” worked well for us (and put less stress on Handy Hubby and I!).

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