I recently read an article from another early childhood professional. In one breath she said that mom’s need each other and that it is sad to see them comparing themselves to other moms. She went on to say that she wished she could hold her play groups with blindfolded moms.
In another breath she mentioned that moms run away from you like you are the plague if you try to give them advice about parenting. This made her sad too.
Mom’s (and Dads) will get more advice than they ever solicit. Most of this advice is conflicting, and some can be dangerous. The truth is that there is more than one way to parent a child. Most parents know their limitations and seek out advice when they get conflicting information or are having trouble making a decision.
My advice to the other early childhood professional? Go ahead and offer your classes, but teach those moms there is more than one way and once they make their own decision, respect the mommy next to them to make one too.
What advice could you have gone without?