Parenting Pep Talk #28 – Bridie By The Sea

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 Bridget who blogs at Bridie By The Sea. Over to you, Bridget!

 

1) Tell us a little bit about you and your family.

Hello! My name is Bridget although a lot of people call me Bridie – I have a 15 month old called Emma and a 12 year old stepson, James. I suppose we are a blended family, but I just think of us as family, live in Brighton, East Sussex. My partner has lived here for 12 years and I moved down from London when I was pregnant with our little girl just over a year ago.

 

2) How would you describe your parenting style?

I like to think I take quite a positive approach to parenting…but some days it is quite testing as Emma continues to battle sleeping through the night. Emma does seem to respond better to the ‘carrot’ rather than the ‘stick’ though and hates being naughty or told off, so trying to positively coax her away from trying daredevil manoeuvres is the way forward for us!

 

3) What’s your favourite thing about being a parent?

It has to be the sound of Emma laughing, which is just the sweetest sound in the world. I also love hearing James and Emma play together; for a 12 year old, he is so endlessly patient with her and she absolutely hero-worships him in return. I’m looking forward to her learning a few words soon too…

 

4) What piece of advice have you been given that you found especially helpful?

Mummy Instinct rules over anything else so don’t worry too much as you’ll always find a way! I was surprised when someone told me this but there have been so many occasions, like when I caught a shooting poonami – avoiding a big stain on our cream carpet – where I felt Mummy Instinct had come into play.

 

5) What one piece of encouraging advice would you give to a new parent?

Run your own race. This is actually advice my Dad gave me many years ago, but it is so true. Try to remember to do your own thing, and not compare yourself to others as you’ll be doing fantastically well but may not realise it.

 

6) Can you share one of your favourite parenting moments?

When we were still in hospital and Emma’s half-brother James came to meet her for the first time. He held her nervously and I saw him say “I love you” privately to her. It’s been just so magical watching the bond they have together grow and grow.

 

7) Anything else that you would like to share to encourage other parents?

Always remember that everything is a phase and will pass eventually. It’s so important to remind yourself this in the sleep deprived months! As Emma is quite a tricky sleeper, I would really recommend The Gentle Sleep Book by Sarah Ockwell Smith as it gave me so much re-assurance that I’m not the only one and that ‘sleeping through’ can take a while for some babies.

I also love Constance Hall’s Facebook page for a little re-assurance when it’s most needed. In particular I loved this little quote she posted recently…we all need a bit of a positive pic-me-up sometimes and this is perfect!

"Sometimes you just have to give yourself the pep talk.  Like "Hello, you're a Queen.  Don't be sad, you are doing great! Love you"

 

Thank you Bridget for sharing your positive parenting moments and the advice you have found helpful.

 

You can connect with Bridget on the following social networks:

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If you’d like to share some of your positive parenting moments on the Parenting Pep Talk, then let me know in the comments below and I’ll email you with more details.

 

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16 Comments

  1. August 25, 2016 / 7:26 am

    Ah, love this. I’m not a big fan of the motivational quote but I like this one from Constance Hall. Also the ‘run your own race’ is good advice whether you’re a parent or not. I’d love to take part in this series if you’re looking for people.

    • Louise
      Author
      August 25, 2016 / 2:56 pm

      I love that quote too and “run your own race is excellent advice”. Thank you for commenting and would be lovely to have you take part – have sent you an email 🙂

  2. August 25, 2016 / 8:31 am

    Run your own race- thank you for this – or should I say your dad! this will definitely stay with me. Lovely post with adorable memories #ablogginggoodtime

    • Louise
      Author
      August 26, 2016 / 11:56 pm

      It’s such great advice – definitely something that will stay with me too 🙂

  3. August 25, 2016 / 11:24 am

    I love the idea of ‘run your own race’. It’s so important to do your own thing and not compare yourself to others – but so hard to do! #ablogginggoodtime

    • Louise
      Author
      August 26, 2016 / 11:56 pm

      It is hard to do, isn’t it – but so liberating when you can do so 🙂

  4. Mouse Moo Me Too
    August 25, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    I love Constance Hall too – she’s absolutely brilliant and seems really down to earth. Great interview, I totally had a lump in my throat at you seeing James tell Emma that he loved her in hospital.

    • Louise
      Author
      August 26, 2016 / 11:57 pm

      I hadn’t come across Constance Hall before but that quote is fabulous 🙂

  5. August 25, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    Run your own race – I love that. I need to remember that more often! Also It’s just a phase is my motto, I live though it and it gets me through the crappy phases! #ablogginggoodtime

    • Louise
      Author
      August 26, 2016 / 11:58 pm

      “It’s just a phase” is something I often remind myself too! 🙂

  6. August 26, 2016 / 11:38 am

    Bridget’s dad sounds amazing, what brilliant advice! I love that quote at the end too and I’m off to check out Constance Halls FB page. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime

    • Louise
      Author
      August 26, 2016 / 11:59 pm

      I love that advice too and the Constance Hall quote – will also have to check her out on FB! 🙂

  7. August 26, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    I completely agree with the run your own race, no matter what race you are running, normally the opposing one to my little man! #triballove

    • Louise
      Author
      August 26, 2016 / 11:59 pm

      Lol, yes I think I have moments like that too! 🙂

  8. August 27, 2016 / 6:47 am

    I’m happy to see one of my favourite bloggers featured in this series. Thank you again for some sage advice, Bridget! #ablogginggoodtime

  9. August 31, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    A huge thank you for featuring me Louise, and for everyone’s lovely comments! My Dad is full of wonderful wisdom which I recently found out actually came from my Grandfather but he tries to pass it off as his own 😉 (another sage piece of advice is “Don’t fight the police” lol!) Thanks again, honoured to be part of this fab series x #ablogginggoodtime

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