There are so many books about raising your child(ren). There are so many experts with an idea, a book, a product to sell you that is going to solve all your childcare woes.
Except they are missing one thing. They are missing what you know. You, that may have carried your child for nine months. Their DNA resides in your brain – you are literally connected to them. If you are an adoptive family, there is still a connection that comes from living with your child. With no preconditions or bias, you are open to receive the information that they offer about themselves. You Know Them.
You know what you know. Listen to what your heart is telling you.
- Does your child fall asleep nursing? Do you both get to sleep that way?
- Does your child like to sleep next to you? Can you find a safe sleeping situation so that you can stay close?
- Does your child like to be held? Can you find a great wrap that let’s you hold them and still tackle your List for the day?
- Does your child leave food on their plate? Are they developing and achieving growth milestones? And have you considered that maybe you are serving too much food?
- Is your child refusing a certain food? Have you considered that maybe they have a food allergy and they are not being defiant or playing games?
From sleep, to feeding, to schooling, to play…everyone has an opinion. I am going to write more about infant sleep tomorrow…these are just some thoughts that are rumbling around in my head as I research for that post. It is so important for us as parents to Know That We Know Our Children. No book, idea, or product has a sure-proof guarantee that it is the right thing to pursue with your child. Only you can know that, and sometimes after trial and error.
I love the idea that I learned in La Leche League…treat all information sharing as a buffet…take what appeals to you/ works for you, and leave the rest. Trust your instinct, love your child, and make the choices that you know are right for your family. When you make a decision from a place of love, it is pretty hard to go wrong.