Parenting Pep Talk is a fortnightly series of guest posts all about encouraging other parents by sharing some of our happy moments, the advice that has worked for us and some positive words of encouragement.
Today’s post is from the lovely Jenni, one of my favourite bloggers who blogs over at Odd Socks and Lollipops. Jenni describes her blog as her online scrapbook, sharing “the chaotic journey my daughter, my husband and I have as we navigate life and parenthood” and her blog certainly shares the realistic moments of parenthood, served with a huge dollop of love and affection. Over to you, Jenni…
1) Tell us a little bit about you and your family
I am Jenni, I am a 30 year old mum to a two year old daughter, Boo. Boo and I live with my husband who is Danish in the Midlands. My husband has two boys from his previous marriage C, who is 12 and M, who is 10. They live in Denmark and they spend as much time over here with us as they can. We are raising Boo to speak both English and Danish.
2) How would you describe your parenting style?
I am not sure really, just what my husband and I feel is right, I am breastfeeding Boo and when she was tiny I fed her on demand and we are hoping to let her self-wean, we spent a lot of time babywearing Boo (until she decided she would rather run around herself and explore). We didn’t co-sleep but I slept in the same room with Boo until she was nearly a year old.
3) What’s your favourite thing about being a parent?
All the fun and the mess. I am finding that toddler parenting is a lot more fun than baby parenting – newborns are just relentless! I love to see how Boo’s personality is developing; especially now she can speak – she is so cheeky and so very cute!
4) What piece of advice have you been given that you found especially helpful?
Do what feels right for you – trust your instincts. There have been times when I have had to follow my instincts even though I couldn’t explain full why to anyone else – like my decision to stop working a few months after I went back after maternity leave – I just knew it was best for us as a family.
5) What one piece of encouraging advice would you give to a new parent?
I think it has to be ‘trust your instincts’ – you really do know best!
6) Can you share one of your favourite parenting moments?
When Boo said I love you in Danish to her daddy for the first time. Seeing the looks on both their faces was just amazing.
7) Anything else that you would like to share to encourage other parents?
I really enjoyed reading Beyond the Sling by Mayim Bialik – it made a lot of sense to me and explained the ‘whys’ of a lot of things that we had been doing already.
Thank you Jenni for sharing your positive parenting moments and the advice you have found helpful.
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