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How to 'do' parenting, come rain or shine... by Kirsty McCabe

"Like most things, parenting is all a matter of personal choice... cherry pick well-meaning advice and politely ignore what doesn't work for you."

Posted: 18 February 2016
by Catherine Hudson

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Becoming a parent for the first time is pretty daunting. New research from The Baby Show has revealed that over two-thirds of us secretly struggle when they take on their new role as mum or dad.

And about 20% are too embarrassed to tell friends and family how they are really finding it. Luckily that’s where the big old 'world wide web' comes in...

Even before the birth of my eldest child, I’ve found the Internet to be a great source of parenting advice, especially when it comes from other mums who’ve been there, done that and survived to tell the tale.

Read: 'What does your Google history say about you?', by Kirsty McCabe Where would we be without the Internet? Our weekly columnist considers the weird, the wonderful and the downright unexpected things that parents type straight into a search engine

Obviously you have to know where to look, stick to trusted sites (like Junior) and it’s always best to ask a real doctor and not to 'Google' symptoms when it comes to medical conditions.

Localised Facebook groups are a great place to buy or sell baby items, and contain a wealth of mama knowledge and experience waiting to be tapped.

Read: Kirsty McCabe: "The essentials for a child's first year" Kirsty reflects on the essential baby things she most needed for the first year of her child's life

However, there are certain topics that invariably trigger heated debates. Think very carefully about how you frame your question before you ask about the best hospital to give birth in, breast versus bottle feeding, nappies or reusables, nannies or nurseries, or even which buggy to buy. 

Like most things, it’s all a matter of personal choice and individual needs and circumstances. If you’re a new mum, cherry pick well-meaning advice and politely ignore what doesn't work for you.

Read: 'When someone tells you they are pregnant...', by Kirsty McCabe From excited and envious to feeling relieved that you aren't the one who is pregnant, hearing someone else's joyful news can bring about a range of emotions

And accept that you will end up doing everything you said you’d never do before you had your own children. For me that was letting the kids sleep in our bed, bribing them with sweets and using electronic gadgets. So far, we’ve done all these and I’m sure there’s more to come.

Read: 'When did I become a boring (but happy) mummy?', asks Kirsty McCabe Our weekly columnist reflects on how life has changed since becoming a mum, and attends the Tommy's Awards 2015

Kirsty McCabe writes her weekly column here on www.juniormagazine.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter: @juniormagazine to keep up with the latest news

"And if you are in need of more, friendly, advice, have a read of some of my other columns..."

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