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Best Advice From Cayman Mums


As a new parent you receive advice, whether solicited or not, from all sides. This can be a little overwhelming for the recipient, so Cayman Parent asked a variety of mothers of different ages, backgrounds and parenting styles, to share what they considered their single most valuable piece of advice. – Anne-Marie Diaz



Listen to Them; Foster Self-Confidence

“If you have young teens, really listen to them and their frustrations about your rules and the consequences. They want to be heard and to feel like they are understood. Make sure to spend quality time with just them, especially if you have younger children. They want to feel loved as if they are still your baby, even if they’d never admit it. For those with younger kids, let them do more for themselves and for the household. They can do more than we give them credit for. Foster self-confidence and self-love. Kids in school can be mean and make them start to question everything from how they look, to what they know and believe in.” – Elke Feur O’Donnell



Get to Know Your Child

“Take the time to get to know your child. I think a lot of us (especially us West Indian parents) have a tendency to project our own expectations and ideals onto our children. Instead, I think it’s important to really get to know your little one’s personality – their perks, their quirks and their flaws. I have found that by getting to know my daughter in this way and, most importantly, embracing her personality, has helped me to be a more well-rounded parent.” – Faith Gealey



Cherish What’s Important, Let Go of What’s Not

“Time flies so don’t sweat the small stuff. Enjoy your child(ren) even when you think you’re going crazy. You will miss and cherish this stage when they are older.” – Kadi Pentney




Teach Your Children to Always Choose What’s Right

“I told my children that there is a consequence for everything, for good and for bad. Always CTR – Choose The Right. I have several rules, such as being respectful towards others, caring for the older, having compassion, etc. I expect them to do their part in being good.” – Tatianne Tibbets





Trust Your Instincts

“Trust your instincts. You know what’s best for your child.” – Mari Abe & Tetsu-Ben Hudson







Sleep When Baby Sleeps

“When baby sleeps, you sleep. You can wash dishes and cook when baby is crying, but you can’t sleep when baby is crying. Having said that, I suppose there are some people who can sleep through anything.”- Elizabeth Scholefield






View Your Children as a Gift, and Cherish Them

“Children are a blessing from God – even when they drive you up the wall. There are so many people who cannot have children and would do anything to have them. When you see them as a gift, you cherish them. Raise them to honour God and to realise the gifts He has given them. Children make mistakes: teach them to get back up and that they are not done until He is done.” – Adonza Harrison





Trust Your Own Intuition

“Trust your own intuition. By all means listen to advice but in the end, you know best. No one else’s child is like yours and no one will ever know them like you do.” – Dr. Catherine Day





Be Gentle With Yourself and Other Parents

“Parents should be in an alliance, be understanding of ourselves and one another. After becoming a new mother, I was really affected by the numerous judgments and comments

I overheard from other people, whilst I did my best to care for my baby. It really eroded the confidence I was trying so hard to develop as a new mother. I was surprised how

sensitive I was to it and it made me dislike being around other people, especially parents. I developed postpartum depression and as a therapist, this pushed me to work on many

things, including acceptance and compassion of myself and others. Don’t let the judgments of other parents worry you, they are just as stressed with this important mission. Show love and understanding to them, as you would want to be shown yourself. This will help silence that noise and ensure your focus is on what truly matters, your child.” – Anne-Marie Diaz




Break Cycles of Abuse

“Choose to break cycles of abuse and guide your children with non-judgmental love.” – Dr. Nicole Eastman






Be Confident – You Are the Expert On Your Child

“People will try to interfere with your parenting. Some may call you a “bad mother” but only you know how best to raise your child. No two people are alike. For example, if my son has a tantrum in public, some mothers might tell me to beat him or pull him up, but instead I get on the floor next to him, to assure him that he’s not alone. We can get through this together. He does not always get what he wants, but that’s fine. He will survive.” – Vanessa Grace




Choose Time Over Money

“Kids don’t always know the difference in costs. Spend time with them, before money on them.” – Stacie Jackson







Stay Calm and Have a Sense of Humour

“Calmness and a sense of humour. Sometimes you might get worked up, but if you remain calm, that will radiate to the child. They will also be more comfortable with themselves and grow up to be better people. Humour is also useful in what could be stressful situations. There will be things that niggle you, for example, when a baby is learning to eat and gets food everywhere. Just put a shower curtain on the floor and let them mess up their face. It’s hilarious.” – Patricia Gray

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