Picking Your Pony

Parents eager to do a good job raising their children often turn to experts for their advice and methodology.

Before Lauren was born, my husband and I received a lot of books.  The ones with bright pictures and simple sentences went on the bookshelf in Lauren's nursery.  The technical books went to our bedside tables, as we tried to soak up expert knowledge before she arrived. 

The books are still on our bedside tables, coffee table, pretty much anywhere we can find them easily for reference. 

There are a lot of books out there about raising children, particularly when it comes to sleep.  Three books rose to the top in terms of recommendations from family, friends and even complete strangers.  Those books are Baby Wise,  Ferber's How to Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems, and Weissbluth's Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.  We have all three, and I've read portions of all three.  However, it certainly seems like the best approach, if using these books, is to pick your pony and go with it.  That is, pick one method and stay that course.  At our house, we are focusing on using one pretty heavily with a few techniques from another.  I've come to recognize that solutions offered in one book don't jive well with another book's methodology. 

There are two other experts always at play in our house: my husband and me.  I have truly come to understand how a parent knows their child best.  It's very gratifying when you go "off the playbook" and follow your gut to satisfy your baby's needs and find success. 

How has expert advice factored into how you raise your children? 


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  • by Danelle Location: Winterville on Jul 13, 2010 at 08:43 PM
    I believe that we all have motherly instincts that God has given us. I went into the pediatricians office with both of my children and came out with 4 prescriptions-they both had ear infections.My husband was amazed at how I knew that something wasn't right and then I carried them in. Even today with both being teenagers, I get that feeling when something's not right or their not feeling well.
  • by Stephanie Location: Chocowinity, NC on Jul 13, 2010 at 11:09 AM
    I have 2 girls ages 15 and 11. My 15 year old didnt sleep until the age of two. My ee year old was sleeping thru the night at 3 weeks. I would wake up in the middle of the night to check on her. Both children had completely different dispositions that still stays true to this day. Just go with your heart and gut and play close attention to Lauren's reactions to different situations and experiences. She will be the first one to let you know something isn't working !!!
  • by 2B4HIM Location: Deep Run, NC on Jul 13, 2010 at 05:14 AM
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  • by 2B4HIM Location: Deep Run, NC on Jul 13, 2010 at 05:12 AM
    I have a 24yr old and a 15yr old and my 24yr old was a very easy going child slept through the night etc. My 15yr old was a different story. He was 150% boy he named it and done it by age 2. He never slept and was busy from sun up to sun down and then some. I learned early on with him no schedule was gonna work, I tried everything and basically he made our schedule and that's what we rolled with. If he slept I slept, if not then I would pass out when my husband got home. The best advice I can give you is to go with your gut instinct and you will find success. Though those were very tiring days they were enjoyable days and I thank God I was a stay at home mom. Most of all enjoy every moment you have with Lauren because they will be gone before you know it and she will be graduating high school. Kenny Chesney said it all in his song "Don't Blink".

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