Parenting Pep Talk is a weekly 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 Emma who blogs at Our Fairytale Adventure.
1) Tell us a little bit about you and your family
So we are a family of four. There is Mr. C, myself and our two boys Oliver and Elijah. There are just under 18 months between the boys, which is incredibly hard work but so rewarding. We wanted a smaller age gap so that they can grow up together. The two of them are like chalk and cheese, Oliver is very much like my partner, very considered and chilled out, whereas Elijah is very much like me, a bit of a livewire and a little more high maintenance.
2) How would you describe your parenting style?
I personally don’t like putting a label on how I parent because I feel that all parenting labels actually do is segregate people, which isn’t needed. Every child is different and needs different things. My two boys are very different, so the way I parent them is different. I want to raise happy children, so the way I parent is always centred around that.
3) What’s your favourite thing about being a parent?
I can’t say I have one favourite thing about being a parent, but I love watching the boys grow into their own little personalities, it’s fascinating seeing them develop. I also love watching the boy’s sibling bond grow as they get older, they are just adorable together. Elijah is all smiles for his big brother and Oliver always gives Elijah a kiss and cuddle if he cries. It’s so cute.
4) What piece of advice have you been given that you found especially helpful?
To be honest, I’ve been given a lot of useless ‘advice’, but one thing that my grandmother said to me that has been incredibly helpful whenever I’ve doubted myself is “The fact that you are even questioning if you are a good mother, means you already are one.” It isn’t really advice, but it is something that has definitely helped me during difficult days.
5) What one piece of encouraging advice would you give to a new parent?
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
6) Anything else that you would like to share to encourage other parents?
I actually find the blogging community quite a resourceful place, so I’d recommend finding blogs that you resonate with.
The blog post that most people have found useful is probably my post about preparing an older child for a sibling.
Thank you Emma for sharing your positive parenting moments and the advice you have found helpful.
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