Mommy Mindset: Who Inspires Your Parenting Style

Who inspires your parenting style? Do you follow the lead of celebrities, friends, or (gasp!) your own parents? Who says you have to follow just one style, some do and some don’t. Some of us *ahem* fly by the seat of our pants. But is it a parenting style that defines us or is it so much more?

Heather: Once I became a Mom I realized that my parenting style would be the “listen to your instincts” type. I love to learn from other Mom’s what works for them {and what doesn’t} but I’ve formed my own style for sure!

Valerie: I think working in preschool for 10+ years has helped me but I’m the type that gathers from all sources then I do what works best for me and my family.

Ghada: With my first I had a girlfriend who inspired me. She made parenting look fun and easy but at the same time was honest about the harder parts of being a parent. I made a conscious decision not to read too many parenting books. I think this is one instance where you really do have to trust your instincts as Heather says. If anything, too much info can be confusing. I had one book called the Baby Whisperer that had a few gems that helped me get my babies sleeping through the night. Other than that, it has been mostly about learning on the job! No one “style” defines me.

Darcy: My daughter inspires my parenting style. Everything I thought I knew before her arrival pretty much went out the window once she got here. I have to defend decisions to family more than I care to admit, but they aren’t the ones living here in my house 24/7!

Lena: I make the rules as I go. And I get sidetracked a lot. Whatever worked for my daughter, doesn’t work for my son. I can’t and won’t at the celebrities for parent advice, but I do pick little things from friends. The biggest things my mother taught me is to love my sister.

Ghada: So true about one child needing something completely different than the other even though they are siblings. I just try to be as responsive and consistent as I can.

Emily: My parenting style is all my own, at least that is what I like to think. Through trial and error, I have learned what works best for our family. And, like Darcy, I have to explain many of the choices that I have made to extended family members. Having different parenting philosophies can make holidays and family reunions uncomfortable, but I believe in what I do and I stick with it.

Is your parenting style inspired by someone?

Thank You for sharing, Heather of Full Price? Never!, Valerie of Valerie’s Reviews, Ghada of Mama goes BAM, Lena of Way2Goodlife, Emily of Nap Time is My Time, Darcy of Tales From the Nursery

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2 Responses to Mommy Mindset: Who Inspires Your Parenting Style
  1. kelly
    June 18, 2012 | 10:50 pm

    I agree with Valerie. I’m the type that gathers from all sources then I do what works best for me and my family.

  2. Jeremy@senior moving
    June 19, 2012 | 12:26 pm

    It is interesting to know what moms think about parenting. With their own styles they have made parenting fun.

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