Many of you work with, or are, new Mom’s. The new Mom is unlike any other woman. They’ve experienced the pure love and joy of seeing a small one look at them with complete trust and love. And they’ve experienced the pure terror of knowing that small one completely trusts in them to know what they are doing, despite the fact that they have zero experience in doing it.
There is enough advice on raising babies out there to choke a horse. Books, blogs, well-meaning family and friends, the morning news, your co-workers, even billboards on the drive to work. But the thing I’ve learned is this: each child is unique. So the story from your sister on how she got her baby to sleep through the night is likely useless for you. The advice from your favorite blog saying how to get baby to eat peas probably won’t work. And the book your mother sent you that says the best way to soothe a crying baby is probably a waste of your time. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that, while it may not feel like it, you DO know what to do! That instinct, that love of your child that seems to drown out all the noise you hear? That’s what will guide you, embrace it!
For those of you who work with new Mom’s: teach them to trust themselves. You can provide advice, guidance and direction, options, but in the end the best thing you can do for any new Mom is help her to be confident in her choices.
New Mom’s, I’ve got one piece of advice for you: trust your heart.