Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Parenting Myths

As soon as I fell pregnant with my son it was like an open invitation to everyone around me to give me lots and lots of advice, most of it was much appreciated however I found some of it to end up being nothing more than a myth. One way to help you to decipher the myths from the facts is by taking a parenting class, CANparent is a new Government initiative which offers classes and advice to families all over the country with a different range of options to suit everyone's needs, from online support to local groups.

They've made a video about the myths you can encounter as a parent, take a look and see what you think.

On a CANparent class you can get support with everyday challenges such as:-
  • learning through play
  • parents working together as a team
  • communicating and staying calm
  • managing sleep issues
  • coping with difficult behaviour
  • rules and routines
  • understanding different stages of your child's development
For more expert parenting advise and more info on parenting classes visit and "like" CANparent on Facebook.

Here are some of my top parenting myths
  • Parenting comes naturally - for me this was not the case, I went home from the hospital with my son who was two days old and I remember thinking "what do I do now?". That first night my son didn't feed for 7 hours and I absolutely freaked out as I had been told he needed to feed every 3 hours, I ended up having a massive meltdown, convinced that there was something wrong with him and rang the hospital for advice, they reassured me that he was fine and would feed when he was ready which he did and it's things like this that you learn as you go along. Being a good parent is something we learn to do along the way, it's not something that comes naturally as soon as you give birth.
  • Bottle fed babies sleep better than breast fed babies - I breast fed my son and he has always, from day one been an excellent sleeper, as a newborn he woke once in the night for a feed and started sleeping through at 11 weeks, he's always napped well during the day and he still sleeps really well now. My daughter was formula fed from 3 weeks old and getting her to sleep well at night or in the day was quite a task, she would only sleep when she was being held and took much longer to sleep through the night. I think the fact of the matter is, it doesn't matter how you feed your baby, if they're going to be a good sleeper then they will be, if they're not then they won't.
  • If you give your child a wide range of food as soon as you start weaning they won't become a fussy eater - I did exactly this with my son, I cooked all his meals myself, I gave him a wide range of fruit and vegetables and made sure they were organic and he enjoyed them all, until he turned 2 and it all went horribly wrong. He started refusing his meals and then decided all he wanted to eat was crisps, his diet later broadened to crisps and chips and almost a year and a half later we're still battling with him to get him to eat anything remotely healthy. I don't worry about it too much as I know that fussy eating is very common in children his age and he has a multivitamin everyday so it's just a case of trying to encourage him to try new things in any way we can until he grows out of it.
What's your favourite parenting myth?



  1. Def true about sleeping - it's the baby rather than how they are fed. x


  2. I was the same! The night Sienna was born, we both slept for 6 hours straight and I woke up, looked at the clock and panicked! I woke her up straight away and shoved her on my boob as I was scared the midwives were going o ask how many time she fed and if I said she hadn't they'd think I was an awful mother already! I will be so much more relaxed the next time! x


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