When you become a new parent, everyone wants to give you advice and while it is usually given with the best of intentions, a recent poll shows that more than half of mothers say they received too much of it, leaving them feeling overwhelmed. For one in five mothers, the study says it left them feeling unprepared.
If you’re a mom, you will learn the majority of the things you need to through real-life experience. It’s not helpful to fill your mind with information that was important for your friend’s child because every child is different and perhaps you don’t need to hear that advice for the situation you’re in. Moms learn and grow, just like their children. This being said, no mom is perfect. You will make mistakes – especially if you’re bringing up a daughter in today’s toxic society. For example, you might not even realize that you’re unconsciously body shaming your daughter, simply through the way society has shaped you. You can click here to find out more about how you can avoid doing this. But if you’re a new mother then all of this is years ahead and you need to be focused on the now.
Despite people thinking they’re helping, they can sometimes overwhelm new mothers with a range of different advice. Family and close friends might be the people you’re more likely to listen to, but don’t worry if you still feel unprepared. Some new mothers find it useful to attend different pregnancy classes or to visit one of the Pregnancy Resource Centers of Portland. No matter where you live though, you’ll most likely be able to find a center that offers advice for pregnant women. More often than not, having more advice is better than having none at all. Be sure to raise your child as you want though. If you still feel unprepared after talking to other women, don’t worry. Sometimes the best way to learn is through first hand experience.
Did you receive too much parenting advice? Was it overwhelming? Tommee Tippee conducted a survey and found that many moms are overwhelmed with all the advice they were receiving. Although people think they’re being helpful, they can sometimes make expecting mothers more worried instead of prepared! As overwhelming as this could be to some new parents, some women may welcome advice that could help them to start their parenting journey off with ease. Even if it’s something small like whether or not you should avoid reheating baby formula, as some people may have to feed their baby this way if they are unable to breastfeed their baby themselves. For the most part, the majority of people feel overwhelmed when receiving advice that they didn’t ask for in the first place. What do you think about receiving advice? We would love you to join the conversation #ParentOn or go to parent-on.com.
And check out what advice Denise listened to and what she didn’t! And another mom shares her story too! Denise Albert and Lourdes Ramon, mother of two and president of “Kids Candor,” talk about their experiences with friends and family members dishing out too much advice.