Celebrating your first Mother’s Day this year?
I wish I could offer you some free babysitting while you nap action, but since that’s just not possible (unless you live in my hood and then, hello, bring me your baby and a chocolate bar so I can cuddle her while you sleep!)
Instead, how about some unsolicited but crazy good new mom advice from old moms. We promise it’s not the know-it-all-judgy-snarky-mom type. It’s the we-wish-we-knew-hindsight-is-20-20-maybe-this-can-help-you-and-if-not-we-also-just-listen-while-you-bawl type.
Note: It is our kids that are old, not us. We are cool and hip and young-ish and fabulous.
Parenting Advice for New Moms from Old Moms Who Know Stuff
1. Laugh more. -Elaine, Mom of 3, MissElaineousLife.com
2. Follow your gut. “Follow your gut and don’t stress out. Do what works for the both of you not what others think you should do. Enjoy your time they grow up fast.” –Vanessa, (dude)Mom of 3
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. -Erica, Mom of 2, NoSleepTilCollege,com
4. Tell the smarty pants moms to suck it. Sort of. “Don’t listen to know-it-alls. You know your child better than anyone else.” –Monica, Mom of 4
5. Practice makes perfect-ish. “Put down the book and pick up the baby. No book is an instruction manual for every child and no, you’re not doing it wrong., no matter who tries to say that they know better.” –Jenna, Mom of 4, MadeMoreBeautiful.com
6. Dance. Dance I say. Smile and laugh and play some music. Dance around your kitchen in your slipper socks. Let go of the bad stuff, even if it’s only for the four minutes it takes to get through Let It Go Happy Baby Got Back, and let in the joy that having this little person in your life will bring. You know, later, like when he stops being a jerk and screaming in your face grows into his body an adjusts to this world. –Me (because of course I say dancing makes everything better)
7. Get some sleep. Like for real. –Krystyn, Mom of 4, ReallyAreYouSerious.com
8. Forgive. Just don’t forget. “Forgive yourself for the mistakes you will make. The only time someone is a perfect parent is before they have kids. It’s okay to cry along *with* the baby sometimes.” –Lucretia, Mom of 1, @lucretiapruitt
9. Learn to duck. “Always keep a pile of washcloths at every changing station to throw over the peepee that comes out AS SOON as you open up the diaper. Also keep a stack in your diaper bag for that very same thing.” –Alexandra Rosas, (dude)Mom of 3, GoodDayRegularPeople.com
10. Don’t buy all of the things. “You don’t need all the “stuff” everyone says. Save your money and stick with the basics.” (I think she means shoes. Save your money for shoes). -Kelly Tirman, Mom of 2, KellyTirman.com