Styles: A set of stairs placed over a wall to allow people to cross over it. This is the Old English meaning of our baby's name. Everyday we work to overcome obstacles in our lives. If there is one thing that I would love for my son, it would be for him to learn how to be true to himself. When obstacles do arise, I want him to have the tools and the confidence to be able to overcome them.
There are many different opinions on how we should be raising our children. With all these different "raising styles", how are we supposed to know what is right and what is wrong? When I was telling my husband that I wanted to start this blog and why, we were discussing parenting and how we won't always be right and that we were surely going to make some mistakes along the way. But one thing we knew, was that we were going to raise Styles in a loving and supportive environment. That's when Aaron said "you should title your blog "Raising Styles". It was perfect. So what's in a name? Apparently a lot.
And with mistakes comes guilt. So whenever ANYTHING is in question... from trimming fingernails to curing cradle cap.... my first instinct is to run to the computer. Google it. I just don't want to make any mistakes. But isn't there a learning curve here? Can I get an extra 10 points because other moms are making the same mistakes as I am? I hope so. We just need to learn to cut ourselves a little slack. And most importantly I need to learn how to trust my instincts and have confidence to overcome my obstacles. The same thing that I want for my son. And I need to remember.... Google doesn't have kids.