5 Big Fat Lies About Parenthood


Looking back over my 13 years of parenting so far, I see many common “truths” about parenthood that have proven to be more fiction than fact. And dishonesty sucks. As someone who prizes truth, especially regarding parenting, I thought I’d shed my own personal light on some of these beliefs. Here are the five  biggest lies about parenthood I was told…

1. Breastfeeding Shouldn’t Hurt. Maybe breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt, but it does, at first. Sometimes like a mofo. My mom is a professional lactation consultant, and I nursed three babies into toddlerhood, so I speak from experience. With each baby, breastfeeding hurt for the first couple of weeks. The first time, I was surprised by the pain. The second time, I was like, “WTH, breasts! Don’t you remember we’ve done this before?!” And the third time, I knew to expect a couple of weeks of fairly major discomfort. The latch was fine, but my nipples were on fire. Maybe my newborns had tiny mouths or I have oddly shaped nips or something, but there was a distinct “adjustment period” where nursing hurt like the dickens with each baby.

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After a couple of weeks, everything toughened up and evened out and it was smooth sailing from there. But telling parents that breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt is a bit dishonest. Yes, a bad latch can make it worse. Yes, an infection is a whole other ballgame. But the vast majority of moms I’ve talked to say breastfeeding hurts at first.

And it makes sense, really. If marathon runners get chafed nipples from their shirt rubbing against them, moms can certainly get tender nipples from a surprisingly strong little suction cup pumping at their breasts several hours a day.

The problem with saying it shouldn’t hurt, is that when it does, new moms think there’s something wrong with them, like they have some defect that means they shouldn’t breastfeed. It hurts for a while, then it doesn’t. There are ways to mitigate the tenderness until then (Lansinoh was a life saver for me). But let’s stop telling moms it shouldn’t hurt when that’s just not the reality for many.

2. Sleeping Through the Night. I think the entirety of “sleeping through the night” – as if it’s a milestone like crawling or walking that, once achieved, is permanently established – is a big fat lie.

Just last night, our nine-year-old came into our room at 2 a.m. with a bad dream. Last week, it was our four-year-old. Now that we’re fully past the baby/toddler stage, we have long stretches of time where we get to sleep without interruption, but it’s never a given.

And when they were babies? Around three months, they slept through the night just long enough for us to start telling people they were sleeping through the night. Then they started teething. Then they started crawling and walking and talking, and for some cosmic joke of a reason, felt the need to practice those things at ungodly hours of the morning.

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Then the occasional bad dreams kicked in. Then our eldest went through a weird insomnia phase. As I said, we usually get a full night’s sleep these days. But again, it’s never a given.

And you know what the “experts” consider sleeping through the night? Five hours. Five hours is not “through the night.” Five hours is a long nap.

I only watched one episode of “Desperate Housewives,” but one scene still sticks in my mind. A harried mom gets pulled over by a cop, and in explaining herself to the officer, she says, “I haven’t slept through the night in six years, ma’am.”

Best excuse ever.

3. If You Ignore the Whining, It Will Stop. [a.k.a. “If you don’t give in to whining, they won’t do it.” Or, my personal favorite, “Kids only whine because it works.”] Bull phooey.

Kids whine for about 147 reasons, only one of which is to get something you’re not giving them. They whine because they’re cold, because they’re hungry, because they’re tired, because they’re frustrated, because they’re four, because life is unfair, because they can’t find something, because they want attention, because their cereal is soggy, and, perhaps – just perhaps – because they like the sound of their own whiny little voices.

I swear whining is an instinctual response for kids, like gasping or giggling or screaming. Our kids know that whining is not going to get them anything, yet they still whine. Over the years, we’ve tried ignoring, mirroring, laughing, reasoning, punishing, sympathizing, and every other -ing you can think of to override the whine reflex, yet our offspring continue to do it.

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Our 13-year-old doesn’t whine anymore. THANK GOD. They do eventually outgrow it. But it happens at much older ages than I ever thought probable before I had kids. And there’s no foolproof way to get them to stop.

None that wouldn’t result in therapy, anyway.

4. Good Parents Never Have Terrible Thoughts. This one is more a lie of omission, as it’s something people just don’t talk about. But from heartfelt conversations with other parents, it’s not an uncommon phenomenon.

It’s understandable that parents who suffered abuse as kids would have to overcome impulses to harm their children. But I never expected to have those thoughts myself.

I didn’t grow up in an abusive household. My parents didn’t even spank. And I’m not a hot-tempered person. Yet I’ve had a few brief moments when it was all I could do not to slap, or shake, or otherwise hurt my child. That’s awful to put into writing. But it’s true.

When our first baby was a newborn, she wasn’t sleeping well, she cried much of the night, and I was utterly exhausted. I’d never been so tired in my life (and still haven’t). I instantly understood how shaken baby syndrome happens.

And in that desperate instant, my mother told me something so shocking and honest and beautiful, I thank her every day for it. She said, “When your brother was a baby and wouldn’t stop crying one night, my instinct was to toss him out the window.”

Holy crap. It wasn’t just me. My even-keeled, emotional rock of a mother had had a terrible mothering thought. Not only that, she used the word “instinct” to describe it. I thought mothering instincts were all fuzzy and warm and protective. But I think we also have a deep, dark, alter-instinct, which, in rock-bottom moments of exhaustion and desperation, briefly surfaces to duke it out with our protective parenting instincts.

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It doesn’t show up often, thankfully, for those of us who were blessed with loving upbringings. But it’s there. I know I would never hurt my children, but it’s a terrifying feeling to understand how child abuse can happen. I’m generally quite a patient and loving mother, but I know I’ve set a child down too hard in frustration. I’ve squeezed an arm too tightly in anger. I’ve spoken with a fierceness in my voice that didn’t fit the severity of the situation.

Parenting combined with life in general can push us to ugly places. And the veil of civilization that keeps us in check can sometimes feel very thin. Obviously, my mother would never have thrown my brother out the window, and I know I would never strike one of my children.

But those used to be unfathomable thoughts. Now it’s just the actions that are unfathomable. The thoughts I can understand.

5. Childhood Goes By So Quickly. I’m guilty of perpetuating this lie, even right here on this very blog. It’s a lie that’s true, actually – but only in hindsight.

Have you ever noticed that the people who say childhood goes by quickly are people who are past whatever parenting phase you’re in? Of course it goes by fast when you’re looking backwards. When you climb a mountain and look back down, your perspective from the top makes the distance from the bottom look surprisingly short.

But ask the climber halfway up the slope how short it feels.

When you’re in the daily throes of parenting, childhood goes by very, very slowly. Telling parents it goes by quickly may seem like motivation to enjoy every blessed moment, but it’s a bit like constantly telling a mountain climber to enjoy the scenery. It’s not always helpful.

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Sometimes a thick fog rolls in and completely obscures your view. All you can do is look down, put one foot in front of the other, and hope you’re moving in the right direction. Sometimes you’ve just crossed a raging river, narrowly avoided an animal attack, tripped and twisted your ankle, and are hanging by your fingernails from a cliff. In that moment, the last thing you need is someone telling you to “enjoy every moment” because it “goes by so fast.”

Climbing a mountain is awesome, and the views from the plateaus are incomparable, but much of the hike is spent navigating and tackling the terrain. That’s not a bad thing. The climb is where you build muscle, stamina, and character. But it is slow, hard work and should be honored as such.

So yes, it’s easy to say childhood goes by quickly when you’re at the top looking down. But perhaps it would be more motivating for parents who are still scaling that mountain to call down, “I know it’s hard and sometimes you think you might die, but keep climbing! You can do it!” rather than “Enjoy every moment! Doesn’t it go by so fast?”

Perhaps those of us still climbing can agree to stop and smell the flowers in between diaper changes and bedtime battles, and those of you at the summit can save those sweet “doesn’t it go by so fast” sentiments for when we’re able share those gorgeous views with you, k?

And if you could toss down a rope every once in a while, that’d be great, too.

These aren’t the only lies about parenthood we tend to pass along. And most of the time, we perpetuate these falsehoods with the best of intentions. But if we aren’t honest about parenting in all it’s gory glory, folks start to believe they’re alone in their struggles. And no parent should feel alone.

Our views may look different from our particular vantage point, we may hit different rough spots at different times, but we’re all traipsing our way up this crazy, treacherous, beautiful mountain together. So keep climbing, Mamas and Papas, and share your true experiences with others, please.

We can do this thing. Together. Honestly.

Related: Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies)

About the writer


Annie Reneau writes about motherhood and other hilariously beautiful things on her blog, Motherhood and More. Last year, she convinced her husband and three kids to live as nomads around the United States, which was every bit as crazy and amazing as it sounds. She uses her Facebook page as therapy and has finally joined the cool kids on Twitter


key 1 year ago

OMG number 4 is so true… sometimes I understand how the feeling of mother who abuse her child, although I will never do it to my son. but I know that I have those thought once in a while…
thank you for sharing mom…

Sarah 1 year ago

Every time someone tells me it goes by so fast and to enjoy it I just want to punch them in them face. Because I’m definitely enjoying this tantrum. It’s awesome. Seriously, I can’t wait to miss it.

cathy 1 year ago

I breast fed my 3 daughters, I find it hard to judge anyone who cares for their child. For me, breast feeding was a wonderful thing after the first 2 weeks, I loved the bonding time but doubt it would be much different with holding a bottle. I know my daughters skipped thru the first year without ear infections or colds, I felt that may have been due to early breast feeding. Also it is so convient not to carry formula and bottles around. I know I was lucky to be able to do this.PS I lovednot knowing how much they were taking, they ate until they were full, none of the worry that they only drank 3 oz. that time.

Luke’s Nana 1 year ago

Compassionate. Comprehensive. Organized. Entertaining. Grammatically correct. Experientially accurate. Thank you!

Mommieof three 1 year ago

We all have different experience even in parenting. I breastfed my three babies, for a whole year, and no even once had a problem with my nipples. It never hurt or got any infections. The only pain I experienced, was when my breast engorged since I produced a lot of milk.
Another blessing that I experienced was, that someone gave me the book called, “On becoming a Baby Wise by Gary Ezzo”, I follow must of the instructions and my three babies were sleeping the whole night by three month, even my first who had colic and cried a lot. I also added a little bit on rice cereal on her last milk about 11:00 pm. I appreciate a friend who often reminded me, this shall pass, and it does!!! Overall, it is not easy raising kids but I would not trade it for anything in the world.

Serrina 1 year ago

These are good but I disagree with the sleeping one. My son has been sleeping through the night since he was 2 1/2 months old, he is now 5months old an teething an he still sleeps through the night. We do have some nights where he wakes up “early” 6am but generally he sleeps from 9:30/10 – 8/9am. I might just be one if the lucky ones.

Laurie 1 year ago

Good elfin god, the whining. I have an epic whiner and it drives. me. crazy!!! Most of the time I can handle it fairly well but today is not one of those days, lol.

Mary Jane Holland 1 year ago

Im so glad to see someone put in writing what im too scared too. Even now i cant but im glad

Heather McHugh 1 year ago

Thanks…I know just who to share this with…great wisdom!

laura 1 year ago

Both of my kids are now teenagers and I do miss the times when they were little and they would want to cuddle, or stories before bed and all the rest of the sweet moments of each of the various phases of their lives. I do not miss the cranky toddler (and I certainly won’t miss the cranky teenager), or the potty training, or the other more difficult parts of parenting. I just have to remind myself that no one knows my kids like I do, that I’m doing the best I can and at the end of the day the most important thing is that they are safe in a place where they know there are people who love them and cherish them.

Mindi Thurn McGarry 1 year ago

I totally agree with number 5!

Wendy Ratcliffe 1 year ago

Oh so true!

Tracy Lawson 1 year ago

I found this funny to start with..untill she went on to say she understands that parents who were abused aa kids will always have to fight the urge to harm their kids…Bullshit!!!!!!!. Tarred with one brush i think. Most of them go out ther way to make sure they have a loving childhood.actually fumming at this coment. What abiut adulds who have had the “perfect” upbringing who then go on to rape and abuse..whats the excuse ther???

Melissa Johnson 1 year ago

I have a 4 1/2 year old and think childhood goes by way to fast! I say it to others. I wish he had a pause button.

Gina @ Oaxacaborn 1 year ago

But it does go by quickly. :) I’m in the middle of the crazy days that make up life with a three-year-old and YES all these wonderful, confusing, incredible, difficult, magical years — they all go by so fast.

Melissa Bateman 1 year ago

Great read!!!

Virginia Hope Lynch-Lineback 1 year ago

Lol whining doesn’t stop it’s just recategorized as bitching.

Orrie 1 year ago

I have been “actively” parenting for 29 years (my kids are 29, 15, and 12) and I so relate to these. HOWEVER, despite that I am frequently tired of being a mom, cook, taxi driver, referee, maid, etc, I still look at my youngest every few weeks and feel sad because childhood DOES go by so quickly and there are so many times I wish that I could have slowed time or could rewind some of those times again. I think “I wish I had done this” or “I should have taken time to do that.” Childhood does go by quickly and the time we spend doing trying to ‘do it all’ would be much better spent just enjoying our kids.

Cathrine Beaunae 1 year ago

Agreed – but childhood really does go by so fast – that is true!

Maeve Rhuad 1 year ago

I think the important thing is to realize that neither parenthood or childhood are formulaic. Each child, each parenting experience is so unique and knowing that is all that matters. Yet people compare each other and their kids to one another almost obsessively, and it helps no one. For me, breastfeeding didn’t hurt after the first full draining. Being engorged was horrible but after he first relieved that, it was cake for us. My son also slept thru the night from 6 mos. And is now seven. He’s never woke me in the middle of the night. But he has other quirks and issues and there are times I don’t adore him as usual. When I’ve voiced that reality, I was judged very harshly. So for me, I 100% agree with it’s not true that parents will have nothing but pure, loving thoughts for our children. Let’s face it, some times they are A holes.

Whitney Broadaway 1 year ago

Amen to number 4

Amy K. 1 year ago

I was the first one of my friends to have a baby, and for a year or two (or three?) afterward, I made sure every new parent I ran across knew all of this stuff!! Some people were quite shocked by my forthrightness, but most also thanked me later. =)

Jacqueline Brunette Darmofalski 1 year ago

My kids are grown, 29 and 25. No one really prepares you for parenthood. You learn as you go. I remember people saying, enjoy them, it goes by fast. So true. Will you enjoy them every moment of every day? Of course not. Does it feel like the problems will never end? Of course it does. But in retrospect, it does go by fast. You really only have them for a short while our of your entire life. Then when they are grown, you only have your memories of them. You tend to remember the good times. Their best moments. Just like child birth, you remember the moment you saw your beautiful baby for the first time. Not the pain to get to that point. From a grandmother, enjoy them. The day may seem like it will never end, the the years do fly by.

Michelle Wilson 1 year ago

Omg! The throwing kid out the window, I’ve been there at 3 am!

Honey Graham 1 year ago

I’m sorry but when my 4 month old decides to clamp down on my nipple while nursing…it hurts!! And she doesn’t even have teeth yet!!

Daniela 1 year ago

For me breastfeeding didn’t hurt, but it was so exhausting that I’ve stopped when my baby was 2 months old. Also it was something that made me particularly uncomfortable (probably the fact that I was looking at what used to be a pair of perky breasts that now resembled two bananas and thought that if I keep on going I will pick them up the floor). So the breastfeeding experience was totally bullshit for me. Congrats to the moms that do it though.
My baby is 6 months old and I can’t wait until he’ll be old enough for him to go to the toilet and shower alone in silence. Not that I’m not enjoying my time with him, but it gets so hard at times that I have the feeling I’m trapped in a situation that nobody warned me about before getting pregnant. I am the first of my friends that had a baby although I’m 31 and I had the decency to tell them all what I’m dealing with. What I got back from them wast the fact that I’m complaining too much.
For now my baby does sleep through the night – I put him in bed at 8 and he wakes up at ab 6, sometimes wakes up once during the night if he is hungry, but i don’t want to jinx it – who knows what the future holds. He’s a cute and smiley baby that doesn’t whine as long as you’re constantly paying him attention, which we all know it’s impossible. Good luck to everyone!

Sam 1 year ago

Thank you for mentioning #4, that perfectly normal people have ‘bad thoughts’ about their kids and that this is ok! One of my first shifts as a student midwife totally cleared up the horror of how anyone could harm a baby-after a 12 hour night shift with one newborn crying constantly I totally understood how that urge to do anything to make them quiet could present as anything other than cuddles and love. I always make time to mention it in parenthood classes now, that these thoughts are ok and it doesn’t make you a bad parent. Having someone to talk to about it without the judgement is a lifesaver.

Tatiana De Los Reyes 1 year ago

Great one guys. Im laughing now but if I go back 17 months, my lord! I though I was the only one going thru that, I was so scare and lonely, I honestly though everyone was perfect but me…..

Phoenix 1 year ago

So true on the breastfeeding. I was in excruciating pain for 6 weeks both times. I got really tired of paying lactation consultants to tell me I was doing it wrong, especially since nothing they did made it hurt any less. I think the pain may have contributed to PPD the second time, and ass hat lactation “experts” undermining my confidence. Also, bf’ing does not cause weight loss, and some day science will confirm this fact.

Jack 1 year ago

I always enjoyed breastfeeding…. 😉

Juli Casumpa-Martinez 1 year ago
Stephanie Rogers 1 year ago

Also, I gave up on breastfeeding after 2 weeks. It may be after the fact, but I DO appreciate that insight. (We had a latching problem also though so I think it worked out for the best). They said he wasn’t gaining enough weight. Well, in retrospect he’s now 6′ 3″ and then some at age 17. Well, Duh! I’m thinking.

Stephanie Rogers 1 year ago

Really glad I took to reading. Dr Spock had some good advice, and fortunately my mom wasn’t too meddling. Although it amazes me as to how she always thought my son was cold and needed covers. He’s 17 now and she STILL does that. Of course, I’m always like ok sure whatever roll eyes.

Holly S. Martinez 1 year ago

OMG!… I thought the same thing ur mother did… I felt horrible for thinking it.. but someone once told if they are gonna cru amyway, put them in a safe place like the crib and walk away, go outside where u cant hear them for 2 mins and come back…. its amazing
.. worked everytime… I was able to breath and focus.

Michele Feiler Goldberg 1 year ago

Love this!! 100% true!!

Marc Perry 1 year ago

I always said, “It’s weird: the days are so freakin’ long, but the weeks and months are so short.”

Stephanie Sugg 1 year ago

Thanks for this! Got to share.

The Preemie Mommy 1 year ago

This is absolutely brilliant!

Mandy Di Rocco 1 year ago

Love this.

Jenna 1 year ago

I’m on the fence about the breastfeeding one. The reason we say breastfeeding doesn’t hurt is because it shouldn’t – as in it might be uncomdetve, tender or sore but it shouldn’t be *painful*. If it is there may be something wrong, not something to discourage breastfeeding from continuing , but if ‘put up with’ might mean baby is not getting enough milk or mother develops damaged nipples and could end up undermining the mothers feeding goals.

I agree bf realities shouldn’t be glossed over but that is a hard one to communicate clearly to all different kinds of women who don’t know what to expect.

Michelle Yingling Clawson 1 year ago

So true

Susan Mick 1 year ago


sara sara 1 year ago

Here is my little PSA about Breast Feeding: Don’t make assumptions and judge women who don’t-you don’t know the circumstances. We need to support each other, this isn’t a contest!

I was prepared for the pain, I was knew it took time, what no one warned me about is some women can’t produce milk.
You know how everyone talks about their boobs getting all full and big when they are pregnant? Mine didn’t, I thought I was just lucky (40DD already who needs that -right?) Actually in my case it meant, no milk (very little milk) because my milk ducts didn’t fully develop during pregnancy. Most women have 15-20 milk ducts per breast that function, I had 5-total that worked. A full feeding lasted 5 minutes and yielded less then 1oz and left my baby starving-literally. We caught it early at his 3 day check up; I knew something was wrong even though he had a good latch and there was swallowing, I saw milk and there were dirty diapers he had gone from very fussy to lethargic. DS had dropped a pound below his discharge weight. I was blessed with perhaps the best lactation consultant in the world, she inspected my mams, recognized the issues right away and was very positive but frank about my options. It would have to be a combo of breast and formula- in the first 24 hours he ate 14 times and the next day when we returned for a check up he was up to his discharge weight again. This went on for about 10 weeks then what little I had was gone.
I was lucky not not have outsiders judging me, but it hurt deeply (and still does from time to time) when people who can/could bf even talked about it because I felt like a failure.
I think what many women who were able to breast feed and then go all sactimommy about it to others may not realize is that many of us who end up bottle feeding cried (and sometimes still cry) every time they made a bottle because we felt like we couldn’t provide the most basic thing for our child.

    Krissy 1 year ago

    Thank you so much, I was in a very similar boat and I felt very alone when that was happening six years ago when my daughter was a baby. I am glad to know that I am not alone with that feeling. I just wish there were more people out there that understood that.

Samantha Ferretti 1 year ago

I never really had these feelings except for when it comes to my kids fighting with each other day and night! This drives me crazy! I just want them to love each other and play well with each other. I am hoping over time this will change, but today I am going nuts over the constant he did this!

Nicole Slaughter 1 year ago

OMG #4. thank you for sharing this. i’ve been made to feel like crap because i wanted to strangle my daughter one night. not ONE TIME did my husband get up through the night and help me with her all those years. so he didn’t understand that one night when i snapped. thank God it didn’t happen, but i wanted to!!!

Jessica Gaudino 1 year ago

Thank you! Number 4 especially. I’ve wanted to jump thru a window myself a few times

Andi 1 year ago

5. Childhood Goes By So Quickly.: I tell people that cumulative time goes by fast, but each day crawls so slowly that sometimes it’s unbearable.

Elizabeth Burleson Neville 1 year ago

I love this! If it hadn’t been for this one episode of Scrubs I watched involving two women talking about crazy, dark thoughts they had about their newborns, I might have been traumatized when I had my own moment of dark thoughts. The only thing that got me through it was knowing that it wasn’t uncommon and didn’t mean I was a horrible person. Preach on sister!

Lucy Smith 1 year ago

They need to give this as a talk in hospital after you’ve had your first. That way there might be fewer mums who feel like they have to make out that it’s all cuddles and lullabies. I find it a difficult mix of annoying and pitiful.

Nick Liz Callao 1 year ago

Mel this is soooooo refreshing! I’m so tired of other moms bullshit. They know they struggle. But they hate to admit how much some things that come with motherhood actually do really suck a**! They’re afraid of looking like a “bad mom” Am I right or am I right?! Lol

Michelle Wallace 1 year ago

Yes! Breastfeeding hurts a lot–for about three weeks. After that, pretty smooth sailing.

Michelle Wallace 1 year ago

Thank you SO MUCH for this! It really helps to know that we are not alone and that we don’t have to sugarcoat or give the “Facebook version” of our lives.

Allison Schmalbeck 1 year ago

So reassuring for moms to be….

Jennifer 1 year ago

All of this! All of it!

Breastfeeding was extremely painful with all three of my kids. My third didn’t learn how to latch on properly until 8 or 9 days, so oh yeah that hurt! And there I was thinking, this is my third, I got this! Yeah, right.

I haven’t felt well rested for 13 years! My third child, age 8, gets up with the roosters every single day. If he sleeps past 7 I check to make sure he’s still alive in there!

Whining happens regardless of whether you respond to it or not. I notice my middle child talks in a higher pitch, almost baby voice almost out of habit. I call her on it, she brings it down, then after a while I notice it’s back up again. Weird.

My third (poor thing) also had stomach issues and cried. A LOT. Sometimes I laid him down in the crib and went to bed and slept for an hour or two and awoke to him either crying again or still crying. I sometimes thought either I was going to throw him out the window, or I was going to jump out of it myself! But I told myself I didn’t want to be in the newspaper or in jail, and that one day he would be okay and this would all be a distant memory.

I was right! Because as the days crawled by, the time flew by.

Venona Davis 1 year ago

Looking back – it certainly was not all roses and there were times I didn’t like the kids behavior and thought about clobbering them. The deciding factor was that I did love them more than anything, still do and they are grown. I’d do it all over again and am getting that chance with my grandchildren. I get aggravated with them too, but love them to distraction. Their parents are great so that certainly helps and when things are running smoothly, nothing is better.

Jamie Riccio 1 year ago

So true!! Thank you for sharing!

Maureen McCarthy 1 year ago

Unrealistic expectations can cause a lot of misery. That’s why it’s so important to have good information about parenting and what babies and children truly need. Mainstream America promotes a lot of myths, such as that babies need to learn to “self-soothe” and become “independent.” Take my Myth or Science? quiz at http://www.ListenToYourBaby.com!.

Pamela Otts 1 year ago

As a Grandmother, who was handed a 2 year old to raise. I’ve done this before, so shouldn’t it be easier this time? Did I learn nothing from the 3 who were birthed by me? It is not easier, I may have been there an done that but I did not retain very well. Some days I struggle, some days I cry, and every now and then I get a day to remember.

Danielle 1 year ago

Oh muh gosh !! This article was so helpful for me in terms of feeling guilty with being exhausted n trying to care for a child simultaneously . I’ve had several moments where I’d lose my cool and had to leave the room and wish … Can’t I just put him in his closet with a box of Cheerios for the night ??? Thanks so much for this !!

Cindy McCasland 1 year ago

Thank you for this!!


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