Know your child and trust yourself


I spent much of my younger motherhood years listening to a lot of advice.  I am a bookworm so I would check out all the books in regards to parenting and discipline.  I would believe that the “experts” new best even though I never quite felt right about their certain approach.

It took me quite a few years to become comfortable with my own style of parenting. Years to stop obsessing about too much television, too many electronics, not enough books, too little discipline.  Everything seemed to be telling me I was doing this mothering thing wrong. The negativity would get overwhelming.

Then I received the most important parenting advice I had ever heard:

Know your child and trust yourself.

We are inundated with information in this digital age.  It’s always just enough to make you feel like a failure in just about every aspect of parenting and homeschooling. It’s so easy to feel like you don’t measure up.

I’m here to tell you that you’re doing just fine.

You are the only one who can determine what is best for your family.  Sure, there are a lot of opinions and advice.  Take what you feel comfortable with and discard the rest.

Your family is unique.  Your kids are unique.  There is no one like you.  No one will discipline like you.  Your curriculum won’t be used the same way, if you even use curriculum!  You see and relate to the world  through your own special lens.  God made you that way.  And it’s a good thing.

Know your child.

Trust yourself.

Now go and continue being awesome!


What is some parenting advice that has stuck with you through the years?

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8 Responses

  1. Sarah
    Sarah 09/16/2013 at 2:21 pm | | Reply

    Thank you for this boost! I am awesome. I can do this momma thing.

    Thanks for joining the momma melody. We would love to have you join us again. Anything mom, from vacation pics, encouraging words, to recipes. I jot some notes on Mondays, but it’s a come whenever you can kind of party. Just moms. Sharing our notes. Creating a melody.

    Be blessed bunches,

  2. Rebeca Jones
    Rebeca Jones 09/16/2013 at 9:39 pm | | Reply

    I love this, Cheri. Sometimes the most useful advice is the most simple, yes?

  3. Sarah
    Sarah 09/17/2013 at 12:08 am | | Reply

    So glad momma notes blessed you today. You joining in the melody, blesses me right back.

    Happy day,

  4. Janis Cox
    Janis Cox 09/24/2013 at 11:42 am | | Reply

    Great! Exactly what Moms need to hear. I would add to ask God and His guidance will help every day. But know your child – keep talking, keep listening, be there for them.
    I am following you from Friendship Fridays.
    Grandma – Janis

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