Old age vs new age mothers
Krysta Anderson, Gleaner Writer
When most women have a child, they turn to their own mothers for some advice and how-to. However, there are times when they are a clash of the times. Here, Flair readers share the stories of what they have done differently, not following in the pattern of how their mothers cared for them.
The Flair Magazine challenged readers to stroll down memory lane, highlighting a few coddling customs instituted by their parents which they no longer execute. Here are a few 'out with the old, in with the new' baby instances:
1. My mother used nappies on me and suggested I do the same for my children. I did away with that and used disposable diapers instead.
- H.A., 29, mother of two
2. Mommy juiced practically everything for me to drink when I was a baby. I just give my baby formula.
3. My mother started giving me solids when I was three months old. On the advice of my doctor, I waited until my daughter was six months old.
- S.N., 25 mother of one
4. Mommy was very touch-and-go while I did a lot of research, relying on baby books and the Internet as well as following the doctor's every word.
- C.H., 29, mother of one
5. When my baby and I were sick with the cold and couldn't breathe, I wanted to take her to the doctor, but my mother took her and sucked the cold out of her nose. Gross, I know. It was then that she revealed that she did that for me as well.
- D.D., 35, mother of two
6. My grandmother had 'shaped' me weeks after I was born as part of our family and cultural tradition. I decided when I became a mother to do away with that tradition for my children.
- M.D., 32, mother of three
7. I stopped breastfeeding my son when he was a year old. My mother said she waited until I was two.
- J.M., 22, mother of one
8. My mother lived by bush tea. I live by medicine.
- I.P., 21, mother of one