Judge Yourself Less

I just had a baby. She’s my fourth. I’ve learned a thing or two about having babies and what works and what doesn’t. One thing I’m sure of: there is no one right way to care for a baby. It can be hard to face this fact when we want to do the very best for our kids, but the real world is never as simple as a theory or a method.

In the end you have to trust your gut and try with confidence. Yet confidence is often the last thing we give other mothers. We love to pass down our knowledge and experience without knowing if our experience applies well to the situation before us. Every family is different. Every family needs encouragement.

That’s why I blog. I want to encourage parents and give back some of the confidence society unwittingly takes away.

In that spirit, here is a quote I left for myself for after my baby’s birth to remind me of what’s most important.

I’ve learned a thing or two about having babies, not the least of which is to keep encouragement like this close at hand because sometimes the way is dark and discouraging.

Judge other parents less, love them more.
Judge yourself less, love yourself more.
Worry about less, love that baby more.
Study parenting methods less, love that baby more.
Love that baby more.
Love that baby more.

-Tamara Rice

Read the full poem Hope Fully Known.

Judge yourself and others less, and love your family more!

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