Will I Be a Good Mother?
Worrying about your parenting skills is a positive sign and shows that you want to do a good job, according to Diane Ross Glazer, PhD, a psychotherapist with the Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center, in Tarzana, California. As she points out, "parenting is a conscious activity" -- so, by reading books and taking classes, you can take steps to turn yourself into the kind of parent you want to be. If you're really worried about caring for a very young baby, hire a baby nurse or ask one of your relatives to help for the first few weeks.
Also, keep in mind that you don't need to be an expert on potty training or school lunches from day one. You and your partner's parenting style will develop as your baby grows.
While the prospect of being responsible for an infant can be daunting, rest assured that you'll likely do better than you think. "Most mothers intuitively understand how to care for and nurture a new baby," Sanford says. "So go ahead -- trust yourself."
Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the May 2008 issue of American Baby magazine.
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