There are innumerable parenting styles, also known as mom identities, out there. There's attachment parenting, free-range parenting, helicopter parenting, gentle parenting, and I thank the internet for bringing them all to my attention. Still, sometimes the internet fails me. It's rare, but it happens. Turns out, there are a few more parenting styles out there. OK, more like completely made up mom identities that should totally become a thing, but same difference if you ask me.
I initially found parenting tough the same way I found cooking tough, in that there are some very good guidelines but no actual, real rules. "Salt to taste?!" WTF am I supposed to do with that?! How do I know what's going to taste good if I've never done this before? Yeah, that's not helpful, and neither are instructions like "sooth the baby." Um, how? Please be more specific.
This is where those trusty mom identities come in handy. Parenting philosophies, if you ask me, fill in those blank spaces for people who need more guidance than the occasional, "Go with your gut." I imagine it's also why religion and diets are popular. All of theses things, when done with likeminded individuals, can provide a sense of belonging within a community. So perhaps you're interested in learning a new, totally not real, definitely made-up-by-me parenting styles that could easily be a thing if we all just got behind the idea. Maybe these following mom identities will prove more helpful than a seasoned mom saying, "You'll learn as you go." I mean, it can't hurt, right?