“I don’t know. She might have been a bit overstimulated? Or maybe she is teething? I’m not sure.”
As I heard these words spoken by a mum of many children, oh so long ago, I sat suddenly changed. As a new Mum I had been trying so hard! I had thought if I just did everything *right* then my baby would sleep, and play, and do all-the-right-things. And this would mean I was a ‘good’ parent.
I thought I needed to know more, do more, be more. I felt inexperienced and thought I was failing.
It would be a few years before I finally let go of the illusion that who my children were would ever be entirely up to me. But the understanding that every child is different started right there in that simple answer to a simple question. It allowed me to stand back and get to know this baby of mine instead of trying to fit him into the mould of the baby I imagined.
Living Future Memories
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