There is often a lot of talk about being a ‘good parent’ and with that comes a fair amount of expectations of what a ‘good parent’ should: look like, act like and even sound like. However, these (often unrealistic) projections put a lot of pressure on parents, but parenting is not a competition; most of the time you have to trust yourself and worry about it later!
Here’s what BabyBjörn have to say: “We want to put things into perspective by empowering new mums to have faith in their own instincts, set their own standards and develop their own unique parenting style. The one thing that all parents have in common is the love they have for their children. This means so much more than different opinions about giving birth, breastfeeding v. bottle feeding, soothers v. no soothers, cloth nappies v. disposable nappies, full-time work v. part-time work, or babywearing.”
BabyBjörn would love you to share the parenting moment you are most proud of.
Perhaps you created your own parenting rule that worked a treat and now you feel like you could write your very own parenting book? Was there a time when you you felt like ripping your hair out trying to get your DC potty trained but you persevered and finally they did it with no drama! Or maybe you’re multitasking was seriously put to the test and you came out the other side feeling like Super Parent?
Whatever parenting moment you are most proud of share it on the thread below and you’ll be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £300 Love2Shop voucher and a brand new BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One for themselves and one for a friend/parent they want to celebrate.
My parenting moment I was most proud of was when my DC turned 2, he announced he was a big boy now and did not need his dummy and nappies any more (we had just started potty training) -he put his own dummy in the bin and put in his big boy underpants - and bless him he kept to his word - no accidents or wanting his dummy. Could not have been prouder of him.
My proudest parenting so far is successfully taking all 3 of my boys under four for a big walk on the common solo! Might not sound like much but I'm trying to get out more and often this means doing it alone due to my partner working etc. The boys loved it and we all survived!
My proudest parenting moment was when my 5 year old donated her pocket money to the cancer charity, I've taught her how important it is to appreciate our situation as some people aren't as fortunate as we are and she donated her pocket money off her own back.
a recent proud moment was at a local community event/party (mainly adults). DD (6) won a game of pass the parcel, the prize was a box of malteasers. She asked if she could open them to share - she went round the whole room offering everyone before she took one! Was very proud (especially as if it was me, I would've taken them home to enjoy myself!)
Proudest moment would be a weekend out almost all day with friends. DD was happy and calm after weeks of teething and disturbed sleep. She had cuddles with new people without a fuss and the waitress even said they'd never had a baby as good as her for a whole new. So proud.
My son is behind the normal developmental pattern due to having a serious health issue. My proudest moment is when he crawled after his running friends in order to keep up with them and still be able to play. He hasn’t let his sickness and lack of gross motor skills hold him back, he is happy and determined.
My proudest moment as a mum is when ds7 first did his homework without a tantrum or crying about it. He had to copy some words in to a different box, but struggled week after week, it wasn't until he told us that he didn't want to copy it. So we gave him some fresh paper and read out the words for him to spell and write out that he did it. He wanted it to be a bit more challenging, but didn't know how. Since then we've spoken to the school who've given us harder homework and he's in his element. He enjoys doing it now. It may seem like a little thing but to us it is huge.
Proudest moment was watching my shy DD get on stage and play violin in school assembly - she's not a natural performer but absolutely loves music and worked hard with daily practice to get it just right.
My proudest parenting moment was my first trip out of the house solo with my newborn and 3 year old. I was terrified and anxious of being out alone with them both and nearly turned around at the front door but we did it and my daughter was amazing and big and helpful and she held onto my hand the whole walk, talked beautifully about her new brother and sat nicely in The coffee shop while I fed him. When I got home I gave her a big kiss and hug and thought to myself ‘I’ve raised such a wonderful child and had nothing to worry about’
I have a little girl who is now five months old. She arrived into the world six weeks early and was diagnosed with a serious heart condition shortly after birth. She is my first and up until now, my experience has been less than textbook perfect however I am so proud over how strong I have been through the entire process, including having an anxious wait whilst she had heart surgery at two weeks old.
I still don’t think it’s hit me, the enormity of what we’ve been through as a family but I do know that I have been so incredibly strong and the past five months could have felt even more difficult had I not chosen to be positive and optimistic throughout.
My daughter is only 5mo but my proudest moment was when she slept in her big girl cotbed in her own room for the first time. We had no fussing at all and a happy smiley girl in the morning. I know we'll have plenty more proud moments to come and I can't wait!
The moment I realised it's ok to do what's best for me and my family and stop breastfeeding. Literally from that moment things changed. My son became so much happier, my relationship with him and my husband improved. My post natal lifted. Now my son is a happy, healthy, cheeky 2 & a bit year old and I do not regret my decision one bit.
The day my DD turned 6 weeks and I mowed the lawn with her in a carrier because she wouldn't go down without me. It's when I realised that I really could do the 'mum' thing. And I felt like bloody superwoman.
My proudest parenting moment was when ds sat and patiently explained the menu to his grandma, then cut her food up for her aged 7. Her dementia is very hard for him, but he really does his best. He's such a kind child, and always thinks the best of everyone
My proudest was when my 10-month-old started nursery and on the first day his teacher said she had seen him looking through a book and that he had obviously been read to a lot and knew what books were and how they worked. I had been feeling really guilty about him going to nursery so young, and this made me feel like I had already done something good for him.
When my 15mo DS picked up a baby doll at playgroup and spent the whole session gently cuddling it and carrying it round with him, carefully putting it to sleep next to him with a little stroke to the head while he played. Made my heart burst with pride that he's such a gentle, kind little boy.