Asking For Mama Help

I suppose you could say that Stella is pretty social. She’s a happy baby that loves us, but willingly and happily has fun with other adults and kiddos, too. I attribute this to her personality, but also to the fact that I have accepted help from others from day one. In other words, anyone who has offered to babysit her, probably has-this did not include the old lady in the grocery store that offered to take her home, but totally included the couple that lived above us (who became good friends of ours).

To me, this is normal, but as I talk to other Mamas, I am the freak here.

When we lived in Nashville, we had no family near us. Instead, we had friends that became our family. Because they were  important to us, they were deemed good enough to take care of Stella when we weren’t there. Not all of them had experience taking care of babies, but they wanted to learn. I simply showed them how and where everything was, and it worked. And guess what? She had a blast with them! The only criteria I held was that they love her and show her some fun.

By trusting others in this way, Ryan and I were able to relieve a lot of stress and were able to have a social life! This is not to be underestimated! Date nights, alone time and the occasional martini is important to our well-being- and yours.

Of course I’m not saying to leave your child with anyone, always use your best judgement.

But I know some Mamas that cannot let go of taking care of their babies themselves. By being the only person you trust to take care of the kids may lead to unnecessary stress and borders unhealthy. It may just produce a picky, clingy toddler or child, and one tense Mama. Maybe not, but how about letting go and having some fun?

So, pump your boobs and leave the rest! It could be just what the doctor ordered! Besides, relaxing without your kiddo will only produce a chic, traveling Mama, and that’s not so bad!

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About Rana Mancini Cavanaugh

Rana is a Chic Mama dedicated to helping other Mama's live a fuller, happier, healthier life through this blog. She is proud to announce she just finished an eBook on how to travel with kids and is finishing up her first novel. She is a happy wife to her sweetheart since the fourth grade and Mama to a lovely little girl. Happy Travels! xo

2 comments on “Asking For Mama Help

  1. Amy, that is awful! I'm so sorry, I think we as Mamas have to use our best judgment, and sometimes we cannot protect them against it all. I was just meaning for this to be funny and for people who have no need to be paranoid! You seem like such a wonderful Mother with 2 beautiful boys!

  2. I had something happen very bad with a very trusted person that I had known for years and now unfortuantly I suffer the consequences I wish I could let go but my trust in general of people just isnt there I am a very paranoid mother in general I can name on my one hand who has watched my boys I do wish I could let go a little and I envy the parents that can but one terrible tragedy have left me

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