Don’t bottle-feed, only breastfeed

But not in public, cover up

And not too long, only until they turn one

Don’t co-sleep

Don’t let them cry it out

Make sure your baby takes a bottle so you can leave them

Don’t let your baby have that bottle anymore

Be a good mom they said…

Let your baby know it’s loved

Don’t hold your baby too much

Sleep when the baby sleeps

But have a clean house and laundry done

Don’t yell at your kids

Teach them discipline

Don’t spoil your kids

Give them the opportunities you didn’t have

Be a good mom they said…

Vaccinate your kids, but don’t over-vaccinate

Why aren’t you pregnant yet?

When are you trying for baby #2?

Don’t have a c-section

Give birth naturally, unless it’s an emergency then have a c-section

Volunteer for every school activity

Don’t wear your pajamas to school drop-off

Be a good mom they said…

Lose the baby weight

Eat enough to keep milk supply

Is your baby sleeping through the night? Why isn’t it sleeping through the night?

Save for college

Throw them the best, most expensive birthday party ever

Just relax

Don’t drink alcohol if you’re breastfeeding

Don’t feed your baby formula

Make sure your baby weighs enough

Be a good mom they said…

No screen time

Maybe some screen time, but not too much

Back is best, unless they have digestive issues

Only feed organic food

Don’t work, stay at home

Do work, but not too much

Be friends with your kids so they trust you

Don’t be best friends with your kids or they won’t respect you

Be a good mom they said…

Drive your kids to school, guitar lessons, social activities, tutor time, soccer games

Make alone time for just you and each child

Also for your husband

Also for yourself

Do it all with a smile

Be a good mom they said.


Rachael is a writer and chief encouragement officer to her fam of four. She is a baby lover, old people hugger and schedule juggler. As a midwestern girl living in a South Florida world, she enjoys transcribing her time raising her fournager daughter and wild man two year old. She doesn’t take herself too seriously but does her kids bedtime.


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