Do real moms really read parenting books? Of course they do. They've probably read dozens, especially when their first baby was born.
Have those books been helpful? Yes. In some cases the information about child development and medical health issues is very practical and often comforting.
But frankly, reading book after book hasn't reduced the amount of guilt, stress, and mania among mothers around us. In fact it may have increased it. There have been just too many parenting books by too many authors who call themselves experts. The net result has been confusion, and mothers who still doubt themselves and worry that their children aren't thriving.
I hope this is the last parenting book you'll ever read for a long time. The reason is that you already know how to be a real mom. There is nothing in this book that is new. Everything I've included here is based on solid parenting principles that have been around for decades but are all too often forgotten. What I've tried to do is simply remind us all of the basics—what's always been natural, instinctive, and intuitive for real mothering.
Unfortunately, these core secrets of real mothering have been obliterated by the frenzy and mania of commercialized parenting. But now it's time to get back, get real, and restore the simple truth about mothering: that its foundation is the powerful and unconditional love and connection that ultimately lasts for always.
So trust yourself and those maternal instincts. No one knows your child better than you. Don't forget to stick to your Mother's Promises you've written on pages 54-57, relax, enjoy the moment, and remember to laugh.
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Although nobody gets a parenting manual or bible in the delivery room, it is our duty as parents to try to make our kids as well rounded, happy and confident as possible. It is a lot easier to bring up great kids than it is to try and fix problems caused by bad parenting, when our kids have become adults. Our children are all individuals - they are not our property but people in their own right.