Perhaps the most important lesson I’ve learned during the course of my life is to always pay attention to my intuition. The times when I’ve been the most unhappy are the times when I ignored the little voice inside. A woman’s intuition is never wrong, and this is especially true for mothers.
In general, I’m not a big believer in books that offer advice for parents. I think too many voices and experts can interfere with my ability to follow my gut. I am the person who knows my kids the best. I can decipher their words, I can predict with perfect accuracy how they will react to any given situation, I know their favorite colors and foods and books. I am the person best able to solve any parenting issues, however large or small they may be.
However, when I found out I was pregnant for the first time nearly 5 years ago, the first thing I bought was What To Expect When You’re Expecting. It was and is the manual for pregnancy for many parents-to-be. I enjoyed how its format answers questions that arise as the months progress, and I appreciated its conversational tone. I often found myself skipping ahead for a sneak peek on what was coming my way. It was an exciting time for me!
I recently found out that there are supplemental books in the What to Expect Series – “What to Expect the First Year” and “What to Expect the Second Year”. I recently received copies of these two titles, and I think I’ll check them out in the coming years now that Vivian is here. It will be fun to compare my personal experience from raising Evie and Mack with the advice in the books. These will sit on my bookshelf next to my tattered copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
GIVEAWAY: The folks behind What To Expect would like to give one lucky Homemade Mothering reader a copy of any What To Expect book – the winner’s choice! To enter leave a comment below that answers the question:
What “Words of Wisdom” can you share with other moms?
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