Do I Need To Stick To One Parenting Style?

We all have certain preconceptions when we’re expecting our first child. We find our favorite parenting style, read books, text our partners articles on the “right” way to parent in every situation. What happens when we just don’t like parts of our chosen styles?
When Rita Kerslake’s daughter turned three months, she realized she didn’t like a lot of things about her own approach to motherhood. Giving herself permission to adapt her approach fit to her own needs changed her life—and her daughter’s.

Key Takeaways
—If your parenting style is causing you more stress than peace, it may be time to re-evaluate.
—Parenting looks different when different people are involved, whether caregivers or children!
—When our children see we can change our viewpoints, it teaches them flexibility.

Read Rita’s story at


Becky Patouhas, social media specialist, has been a babywearing educator since 2013. Her favorite part of her job is a tie between seeing all the cute baby pictures and helping parents get that “I can’t believe I can hold my baby AND eat!” moment. A first-generation American and mom of two small boys, she and her family live in Michigan, where she enjoys volunteering with her local babywearing group. Becky loves her Zypora meh dais (she has two!) because they’re so cushy on her shoulders. She always has a Lightly Padded ring sling in her purse because she loves the soft padding, and she thinks Isle of Skye is the best colorway out there!

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