Mother Knows Best

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I recently came across the following quote, “A worried mother does better research than the FBI.” If you are a reader of my blog, my guess is that you can relate to that. I certainly can.

From the time I found out I was pregnant to present day, I’ve found that to be so true. Of course I don’t take it literally, but I do find that when a mom is concerned about her child (I like the word concerned more than worried) and X, Y, or Z, she will research the heck of out it, talk to others who know about the topic, and then research it some more until she finds the answers for which she is looking. That’s in large part what my blogging has been about all of these years — addressing topics like home birth, circumcision, cosleeping, vaccinations, child-led weaning (breastfeeding), babywearing, home schooling, unschooling and more. As I have researched what was best for my family, I then passed that information along via my blog for anyone who was looking for it.

One of my favorite sayings over the years has been “Knowledge is power.” I truly believe that when we as moms know better, we do better. I also believe that what is “best” for me and my family may differ from what is best for you and your family and I LOVE that we all have the right to choose what that looks like.

I don’t believe in telling people what they should do. I believe in offering information, educating, and allowing them to make the decisions that work for them.

What is something you have recently researched or something you are currently researching?

As for me, I’m working on a tricky one. I sometimes yearn for the “simpler” issues from the baby and toddler years. Of course at the time, those were the tricky issues.

I’ve been researching anxiety disorders (one variation in particular) as they relate to children. I’ve learned a lot in the past couple weeks. Anxiety isn’t anything new in my child’s life, but now that I’ve had a health professional bring it up, I’ve been pushed back into research mode. I want to make sure we are doing what we can to help rather than hinder and address the issues that need addressing.

Not surprisingly, this isn’t the first time I’ve broached this topic on my blog. I wrote nearly four years ago about how “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” I wrote in rather vague terms then and I am now as well because I don’t feel it’s fair to my child to delve into it too deeply in a public forum.

But here I am, nearly four years later still trying to figure it out, get answers and help. Hopefully we are on the right track. I’ll keep on researching, getting help where appropriate and doing the best that I can. That’s all a mama can do, right?

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7 thoughts on “Mother Knows Best”

  1. Great quote! I am not a mom–though one day I hope to be!–but I can relate to that quote by observing my own mom throughout the years do research on everything. It is so awesome that you share what you learn on your blog; I would imagine that many mothers and families have gained valuable insight from your blog. One day when I have children, I’ll be sure to come back and read through your posts!

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings! I can relate to what you describe as research mode. I’m a mother of two girls and I feel that as my daughters grow older I’ll have to find ways to help them become more resourceful themselves. I hope that they will continue being curious about the world around them and that will not seize to find and share information.

  3. I remember when my brother started smoking cigarettes at the age of 15 or so. He thought he could hide that from my mom (teenagers are so, but obviously she knew everything because you can’t hide the smell after smoking.
    Then, she found the cigarettes hidden here and there. My mom could work at FBI…haha!

  4. As a teenager, I also hid when my brother smoked cigarettes, then he went to marijuana, things got worse and Mother discovered everything because he was already selling everything inside the house

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