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My learnings in 2017

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I became a mother in the second half of 2017.

I am a member of a popular parenting portal. I read a lot about how other mothers are taking care of their babies. There is so much to learn about motherhood from others there.

As I read about more and more experiences, I started becoming overwhelmed about the ways and patterns of some mothers.

I started becoming conscious if I was managing my own babies in the same way. I subconsciously began to draw comparisons with them and my own mothering patterns.

It was not long before I was diagnosed with postpartum depression.

Since my gynaecologist also happens to be my mother’s former colleague and close friend, she decided to counsel me rather than a counsellor with whom I had a very unpleasant experience.

First of all, she asked me to disconnect myself from the portal and trust my motherly instincts completely. She said that I could confide in her if I faced any problems.

It was tough but I managed to disconnect myself from the portal. I began to believe in what I was doing is right.

I still haven’t completely recovered from postpartum depression but I’m a little happier now. I am confident of doing the right things for my babies.

So, here’s what I learnt in 2017.

Every mother has her own parenting style. Copying others will never work. Trust your instincts and learn from your mistakes.

Motherhood isn’t about copying. It is about loving your children unconditionally and raising them right.

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  1. Thank you Megha and Radhika. I was part of babychakra and I was really overwhelmed by what I saw. It took me a long time to come out of it as I had not only made friends there but it was a part of my daily routine as well.
    I’m slowly coming out of it and recovering from my postpartum depression as well.

  2. totally agree! mother instinct is never wrong. I believe that overuse of portals and Google destroy the natural bonding in the relationship.

  3. I agree with you. When my son was born, there was no computer or social media. But the advises of friends, neighbors and elderly relatives were overwhelming and confusing. Finally I took to reading child care book by Benjamin Spock which cleared all my doubts. And I enjoyed my motherhood phase with my son.

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