New Moms Need Mentors! by Jessie Weaver

A little over 22 months ago, I birthed my first child into the world.

She took her sweet old time as my husband and mother waited and the dog watched me, confused, while I didn’t sleep for two nights straight.

Her little life has changed me just as much and more than I expected. My greatest panic as we came home from the hospital in October 2008 was that I had no family in Nashville, where we lived. No one to call for help. I begged my mom to stay forever, to move to Nashville without my dad, anything to save me from having to raise a baby without her guidance. Wisely, she declined.

babylibbie

Just a few days into Libbie’s tiny life, the preschool minister from our church came to visit. She brought three things: the rose that had symbolized Libbie’s birth on the church altar; a Christian parenting book; and a copy of BabyLife.

I will confess to barely touching the book; life was too overwhelming already with a newborn wreaking havoc in our house. But I read BabyLife from cover to cover, multiple times. And discovered its bearer, our dear preschool director, lived very close to our house and would fill in as “Mom” when needed. Her guidance and friendship saved me several times.

Titus 2:3-5 encourages older women to mentor younger women “to be sensible.” I can think of many times when I needed some sense stuffed into my head. I am forever grateful to the women in my life — older, not too much older, even younger — who have taken the time to talk me down from a cliff. Every new mom needs guidance at one time or another, whether she wants to admit it or not!

Now, as baby #2 is gestating and December seems to be getting closer and closer, I hope to find another wonderful mentor in our new city. Because life with two seems pretty scary to me, but I know a lot of women have been there.
____

The ParentLife staff is starting work on the newest edition of
BabyLife , which will be released in June 2011. The magazine is full of advice for parenting children during their first two years of life. What would you like to see featured in the magazine? What articles would catch your attention?

Jessie, the new “ParentLife Blog Guru,” is a stay-at-home mom and freelance writer and editor in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has blogged for over four years at Vanderbilt Wife.

Award-Winning BabyLife

The ParentLife team has some great news we wanted to share with you!

BabyLifeCover.jpgOur most recent edition of Babylife (special edition of ParentLife) won a Bronze Eddie Award from Folio Magazine — a magazine serving the entire magazine publishing industry. The Eddie and Ozzie Awards is the largest awards competition in magazine publishing. The Eddies recognize editorial excellence, while the Ozzies recognize excellence in magazine design.

EddieOzzie_New.jpg

There were lots of categories, but we earned Bronze Eddie in "Supplemental Annual/One-Shot, Full Issue," third only to Golf Digest Index 2009 and Discover.

We are so excited and truly honored to receive this prestigious award!

BabyLife will soon be getting an updated cover with the same award-winning content! If you don’t have a copy, be sure to check it out!

A Special Edition of ParentLife

BabyLife_2008.jpgDo you have a child under 2 years old? Or are you expecting a baby in the near future? Be sure to check out BabyLife — the special edition of ParentLife designed for expectant parents and parents with infants and toddlers. Filled with tons of practical information on what to expect in those first two years.

Here are a just a few of the helpful topics included in BabyLife:

  • Basic care and developmental information for 5 different stages: On the Way, Birth to 6 Months, 6 to 12 Months, 12 to 18 Months, and 18 to 24 Months
  • The 3 Rs of Spiritual Formation
  • Encouragement for single parents
  • The benefits of routines
  • 9 games to play with Baby
  • The bond between grandparents and grandchildren

Be sure to check out BabyLife today!

Tell us what issues new parents care about most — and help shape our next issue of BabyLife!

BabyLife: A Special Edition of ParentLife

BabyLife_2008.jpgIf you like ParentLife magazine, you’ll love BabyLife — our special edition of ParentLife designed for expectant parents and parents with infants and toddlers. Filled with tons of practical information on what to expect in those first precious months with baby, BabyLife makes a great supplement to any baby shower or new-parent gift. BabyLife is also great to take along when visiting a new mom in the hospital or new families who visit your church. Check out BabyLife today!

Tell us what issues new parents care about most — and help shape our next issue of BabyLife!

centri-kid.pngDon’t forget! Anyone who posts a comment on our blog during March is automatically entered to win one free Crosspoint or Centri-Kid camp registration. Click here for all the details.