You’ve had the conversation. You know the one where you are relating some mommy issue anywhere from potty training to getting your kid to sleep to trying to get your child to stop licking the floor (OK maybe that’s just my little freak, but…). So there you are relaying the trials of motherhood to another and someone says, “Well, ‘They’ say to do blah, blah, blah.”

Who are “they”? Random doctors, psychiatrists, teachers, and others who just happen to write books and Internet sites.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am a knowledge and research guru. If I am in a situation, I will go to the library, get some books and Google all day long. But at the end of the day, I soon learned that, “They” don’t know much!

“They” are really big on telling you what will harm your kid for life, what will scar them and send them to therapist by the age of 10. They are great at telling you what to do and how to do it and when to do it and you can’t do it too early, though not too late either.

And it finally occurred to me when I was trying to figure the different strategies and methods “they” suggested, I threw in the towel, because at the end of the day, “they” aren’t here.

“They” say I shouldn’t rock my baby…well, “they” must have never held a baby before.

“They” say I should never sleep with my baby…well “they” obviously don’t know the joy of sleeping with a child on your chest and if the baby will sleep on my chest and that means I will sleep as well, I am all for that.

“They” say I should let my baby cry it out, but you know what, when that baby starts crying out “mama” that is a whole other playing field!

“They” say not to speak to your baby in “baby” talk. I say, hows kin wi twalk in any oder way, dey are so shweet an whateber makes dem smile is best, yes it is.

“They” say to keep the baby on a feeding schedule no matter what. Hmmm…Screaming baby or happy fed baby, which is best?

The list goes on and on…so basically, whatever keeps you sane, gets you some sleep and keeps your baby happy, go for it. Granted, “They” know about some things, but “they” aren’t with you at 4 o’clock in the morning!

Trust your instincts and know you are a great mom, whether you microwave their bottles or not! (Just be sure to shake it real well!)

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