When I had my first baby, I had no bloody idea what I was doing. I read so many books and devoured so much online content that I was overwhelmed with conflicting advice — it felt like no matter what I did, some bozo was going to judge me. The books were full of musts and don’ts and shoulds… I was getting should-ed on all over the place!
I wish I’d had a book like this when I was a new mum: honest, non-judgemental and reassuring. A book that made me feel like I was doing a great job… because I was. I just didn’t know it.
Sometimes it feels as though judgement is rife; you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Sometimes the judgement seeps in and you feel like a shit parent. But we’re all trying our best. And we won’t all raise children the same way — everyone has different values so there is no one size fits all approach to parenting. There are so many different ways to get it right!
Parenting for Legends was a labour of love. It was a chance to amuse parents while patting their backs and encouraging them to keep up the great work of providing love and kindness to their babies. I hope it gets parents giggling at the absurdity of parenthood but reminds them of the absolute joy of raising children. More than anything I hope it helps parents feel less alone.
Photography: © Natalie M