In honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12, mothers from around the Northland provided the Courier-Tribune and sister publication Gladstone Dispatch advice to new moms via social media.
The following is some of their advice.
“Love the child you have today without fear for tomorrow. It is their time to be a child and your time to be a kind and gentle mom.” — Tamara Boyd Rogers
“Members of my family repeatedly pushed me to go out with other moms to get away from the job of being a mom for a day, but that wasn’t what I wanted. I didn’t need space from my family, especially my baby. If something doesn’t feel right to you, don’t do it, even if people are pushing an idea because it was good for them. Do not be afraid to say ‘no’ if it is how you feel. On the other hand, if you need a break, take it.” — Erika Styles
“Ignore the side mirrors. There will always be flashier moms than you perceive yourself to be. Be the Subaru so you will be able to handle the rugged terrain motherhood throws at you. Stay out of the passing lane. You won’t be able to keep up, and that’s OK. Enjoy the scenic route. It doesn’t last forever. The sleepless nights, the blowouts, and the seemingly endless crying, it won’t be like that for long. Take a moment to enjoy the snuggles, belly laughs and clean baby smell, it doesn’t keep forever either. Avoid staring back into the rearview mirror. Don’t look back with regret of today as a mom. Tomorrow is a new day, thank goodness!” — Adrienne Guinn Topel
“Take lots and lots of photos and video.” — Erin Martineau
“Some days it’s OK to be just OK.” — Sherri Spurgeon
“Ignore all advice because we are all doing the best we can.” — Jill Webb