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May 5, 2013

WHOLE FAMILY: Parenting questions are like dandelions

BRISTOL — Unless something really bizarre happens, I’ll be growing and birthing no more babies. No more. I’m happy — and busy — with the three I carried and the sweet, little bonus package who came to us as a baby some six years ago.

Four, my friends — including having a toilet-training toddler while in my 40s — is enough for me.

While I won’t ever go there again myself, my line of work requires I throw back to the fresh issues of parenthood, that I remember and analyze those early mothering days. Parenting issues start, for sure, before a woman’s even pregnant — hopefully with mom and dad considering how if and how they’d like to raise children. Then, parenting questions and concerns ramp up greatly as the birth nears and, for sure, when the baby’s home in mom’s bed.

Or is that in a crib?

Wait, should babies sleep in a swing? Should I get a swing? And what was that I heard about not letting your baby fall asleep in the car seat? Isn’t there something I should know about car seats? Like, don’t they expire or something?

Now that I’m thinking of it, should babies sleep on their backs, sides or stomachs these days? Should I buy those bumper-like things for the crib? What about a mobile? Or one of those baby carriers, like a sling? I heard one of them — now, which one was it? — wasn’t good for their hips.

These parenting questions, you probably know, go on and on and on. They’re like dandelions, popping up everywhere, and it seems the more you mow, the more you grow.

Questions, issues, concerns — oh my. And I’ll be the one to tell you, if no one has, that they never go away — only grow greater in number and more complicated.

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