I received a phone call from my younger sister who just gave birth to a lovely baby boy last month and she was telling me all her “mom problems”. She was really upset because she says that she does not know anything about being a mom and she needs my help. I laughed and told her that she sounded like me when I had my first born child. I did not have any idea on the do’s and don’ts of being a mom then.
Like all parents, my husband and I learned that babies did not come with a manual. Learning to care for them is like learning what to do on the job. It was really difficult and confusing. That is why I started to read all the parenting books I can get my hands on, cross-referencing books as much as eight books at the same time. I also spent time researching online, reading forums and posts from mom bloggers out there. I also relied on parenting websites (one of my personal favorites is Raising Children Network because of their organized and good parenting tips) and kept their tips in mind.
I also remember being on the phone with my own mother as she dictates to me the things that I should take note of while taking care of my baby. She never failed to remind me that breast feeding is important and that I should always eat shellfish soup because it helps to increase the amount of breast milk.
I told my sister that she is going to get pass all these confusion and difficulty. She just needs to calm down and search for help in the right places. We are actually lucky to be in a generation where information is just one click away and people are willing to share their knowledge and experiences through blogs and forums.