If you are a new mom, then chances are you’ve heard the phrase “Well, you turned out ok…” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this and in my book it’s up there with “I told you so” and “Nanny nanny boo-boo” – completely unhelpful and equally annoying. (Mom, I know you are reading this – this is not directed just toward you – I love you).
When I was pregnant I took many classes – childbirth, child care, infant cpr and breastfeeding – my approach to being a new mom was very academic. Of course I would constantly call my mom with questions but I also wanted to educate myself. My mom had me 36 years ago - some things changed since then, no? I slept in a crib with a drop-side, slept on my stomach and learned how to walk in a walker – all things that all of my reading (and pediatrician) advised against. But try telling that to your mom (or mom-in-law or aunt or sister or cousin – you get the picture).
Well, now you don’t have to be the one breaking the mold. You can enroll your parents in a class too! In some communities, notably the Bay Area, hospitals are offering classes to grandparents to bring them up to speed on things that have changed since they were parents. I can’t believe these classes were in my area and I didn’t know about them – I would have loved to sign up the parents and parents-in-law. Anything for one less “you turned out ok…” Would you sign up grandparents for a class like this?