‘I started to compare her to the other two and blame myself. Somehow, I was responsible.’: Mom talks importance of not comparing your children to others

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“Today, I realized the anguish comparing your child does.

I remember, when Luca was born, I tried really hard to push him, so he could be like other kids — which never worked.

Then, when I had my second child, Sofia, I didn’t have time to care what other kids were doing. I worked with her for her.

By my third, I stopped caring.

I realized the pressure just wasn’t worth it. I knew he’d get there when he was ready.

I say it to all my friends with kids. They will do it all in their own time. Don’t rush. Don’t compare. Don’t worry.

And, I’ve seen it with my own three children. I raised them all the same. I had vaginal births with two, and one c-section.

I did my best to breastfeed, and I gave them formula.

I did my best to socialize them and teach them, and I let them watch TV and play on their iPads.

I fed them vegetables, and I fed them nuggets and take-out just as much.

Luca developed in his own time. James, my third… well, he smashed milestones.

And Sofia, well… we were told today, she has development issues and autistic traits. Albeit, she is wonderful and quirky.

But, I did question myself. It’s natural, as mothers, to question ourselves and wonder what we did wrong. I started to compare her to the other two and blame myself, like somehow raising all three exactly the same meant I was  responsible. But, I wasn’t.

Because I realized, and I know, I loved them. I love them. All the same. I gave them and give them all the best of me, and sometimes the worst, but every day I try damn hard.

I realized it doesn’t matter about breastfeeding or not, sitting up, taking steps or walking — every child is unique. Truly unique. They develop in their own special ways. Some need no help at all, and some need extra.

But, all need love. And, I can say with all my three, I have given them love in abundance.”

Courtesy of Laura Mazza

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