When I first became a mother, I was filled with questions and doubts about every little thing related to that tiny little person who looked up at me with those innocent eyes. I was filled with all the ‘W-type’ questions in my mind and was always worried, “What if I failed as a parent?” But now that I am a mother of a wonderful 4-year-old boy, I have realised it’s all about having patience, being alert and letting them be themselves. Then they will eventually grow up to be wonderful kids.I shifted with my husband and a 2-month-old boy to a new place as my husband is in a transferable job. Everyone in my family was worried as to how I would manage it alone, but I thought, if I don’t do it alone, I will never master the art of parenting. So now it was just my husband and me who had to manage a 2-month-old son with zero experience of parenting!In his first year, my son was always a late bloomer in everything, be it his first tooth eruption, first roll over, crawling and walking and even speaking!!! People around me always talked about how fast their kids were, how quickly they had started walking, how quickly they had started chewing. This filled my mind with doubts about whether there was something wrong in what I was doing. But I kept trying my best and kept telling myself, it’s ok, he too will do it. My husband always says, “Everyone gets teeth eventually yaar, eventually everyone starts walking, why you worried?” And yes, this made me patient and calm.When I stopped worrying, I started noticing there was less stress on me and our kid. Yes, he did get his wonderful set of pearl white teeth, started walking, running and became healthy also. It all happened because I just put in my best parenting efforts and stopped worrying. Sometimes, we do get bugged by the pressure from neighbours and elders about parenting but in the end, parenting is all about the bond between you and your kid. The more time you spend, the more you know about them. The less you worry, the less the kids worry. There is nothing called as ideal parenting. Parenting is all about failures and achievements but most importantly, learning from them and standing up as a role model for our kids.
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