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Moms Around the World Weigh In On Best Parenting Advice

In celebration of the Global Mom Relay, World Moms Blog editors asked 19 mothers from 17 countries for the best advice a mother ever gave them. Here’s what they had to say:

“To find the most awesome teenagers you can and interrogate their mother as to how she parented them. Then do that!” — Karyn Van Der Zwet, New Zealand

“When my first child was born, the nurse midwife told me not to get into the habit of overextending yourself. The “master” (she means husband) in your life will come to expect that and take it for granted. Especially at first, do what you can do and “remove the hand” from rest. (That’s a Japanese way of saying to let it go.) I should have listened to her; it would have made my first couple of years as a mother much easier.” — Melanie Oda, Japan

“Remember that whatever it is you’re going through, it will pass. This little piece of advice has helped me endure the tough times and savor the good times.” — Dee Harlow, Laos

“Let them figure out the solution, don’t always give it to them. We are too quick to help our kids figure out life’s puzzles. We try and solve every argument they have and end up with them coming to us for every little thing. Sometimes, we just need to stand back and let them figure it out.” — Mama B., Saudi Arabia

“Don’t make sleep a goal. Just enjoy it when you can get it. Considering my newborn stayed awake for eight-hour stretches and didn’t sleep through the night, constantly hoping and expecting sleep would have made me miserable. Instead, I just slept when I could. It made a huge difference to my sanity.” — Carol, Canada

“My mum, when I was a frightened and very tired new mother said, ‘No-one will ever know your child better than you do. Trust your instincts.’ It’s gotten me through every challenge with my daughters so far.” — Sophie Walker, United Kingdom

“Someone once told me to do the best I know how, then leave the rest to God. Whenever I go through tough periods of change and tantrums, I try to step aside and re-focus on the bigger picture — my end goals, vision and hope for my family.” — June, Singapore…

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