As I sit here with my sleeping princess on my chest, browsing Pinterest, reading articles written by "experts" and other know-it-all moms about how that simple thing is bad for my daughter.
"Holding her while she naps will create bad habits..."
"She needs to learn to nap on her own..."
"She will never be able to self-soothe..."
Blah, blah, blah.
What those "experts" don't know.. I hold K for almost ALL of her naps. And you know what? My daughter CAN nap on her own, she CAN self-soothe, and she had a PERFECT night last night - went to bed easy without fussing for a single second, slept all night, and played quietly in her crib after she woke up until I came to get her.
I hold K because I WANT to, not because she has a bad habit or because she needs it. My husband works hard so I can have this opportunity. I am a stay-at-home mom so I can be there to hold her while she naps and to play with her and to raise her the way her daddy and I want her to be raised. She will only be little for so long, and I don't want to miss a single moment, especially the sweet ones when she's finally asleep ;) Yes, I get less done around the house, but to me, the time I spend with my girl is more important.
As I was thinking about all these "rules" of raising kids and the comparisons that all of us moms inevitably make, I saw this video from Sadie Robertson of Duck Dynasty:
What a beautiful message! Even though her words are focused on girls comparing their bodies to other girls, body image, and confidence in yourself, her thoughts can also be applied to many other situations, like moms.
Instead of judging and comparing, mothers need to build each other up. We are all in this together, even if we all do things a little differently.