Everyone Knows But You

Today’s topic is prompted by an interesting listener question about the unsolicited advice that expectant and new parents receive. The truth is that the advice doesn’t stop with being a new parent, but it continues through many life events and transitions. Join me for a closer look.

Show Highlights:

  • Two universal truths when you are expecting a baby:
    • Everything is focused on you, the mom–until the baby comes.
    • When the baby arrives, opinions and advice come pouring in.
  • Why it’s a fact that all parents go through times of unsolicited advice at every transition in life
  • Why no one else knows what is best for you and your child except you and your child, meaning that you have the right to decide things for yourself
  • Why I have a burning desire to help other parents feel good about their parenting and build strong relationships with their kids
  • Why I believe that empowering a parent is the biggest protective factor against most mental health issues and the predictor of how the child turns out
  • What it means to be an empowered parent
  • My advice for parents:
    • Understand that advice is everywhere, and you are the filter.
    • Know who you are and what you want from the relationship with your child.
    • Tune into yourself to understand your strengths, triggers, and expectations.
    • Spend time on yourself, so you can filter the advice.
    • Plan out what you want to be like as a parent and know your endgame.
  • How I tuned into my strengths and weaknesses as a parent to learn what I was capable of
  • Why the stuff you buy isn’t as important as the environment you create
  • Why parents fall into the trap of wanting to control EVERYTHING
  • My final words: “Stand tall by knowing yourself, understanding your strengths and weaknesses, understanding your child, and understanding the relationship you want to have.”


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