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New Generation Moms

Being a mom is tough. Balancing work, a social life, personal relationships, and raising your kid to be the most perfect human being on this planet, while managing to look beautiful can be a big challenge. Back in the day, our own moms brought us up with their own different approaches to parenting which helped mold this generation into what it is today. In this new era where technology and information has become so significant in raising a child, these new generation moms share their own parenting style, life hacks and tricks of the trade to motherhood.

Michelle with Alejo, 8 and Elian, 5

"I think the best thing I can advise to first time moms is that it's okay to make mistakes. You will learn along the way. Give up all your cherished ideals and do it your way. Listen to your instincts. Do not compare yourself to other moms and do not compare your kids with other kids. Enjoy every moment and do not sweat on the small stuff."

Czarina, 32 and Andreo, 2

"I read a line from The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin which perfectly sums up what every new mom needs to remember - "The days are long but the years are short". Enjoy every moment with your kids, even the difficult ones because they grow up faster than you can imagine. Get down on the floor and play with them, give them your undivided attention, be silly and have fun. For a few years in your life, you'll get to feel how it is to be a child again, such a rare gift that we have to make the most of! Teach your kids that they cannot have whatever they want. While it is every parent's goal to make her child happy, ensuring that the child grows up to be a good person is just as important. Teach them with kindness, gentleness and compassion towards people from all walks of life. If you've ever dreamt of making a difference in this world, the best way to start would be with the kids you were given the privilege of raising."

JL, 32 and Tyler, 3

"Stressing the small stuff is never worth losing your calm. It gets better. All of it, so hang in there. The 2am (and 4am and 6am) feedings will pass, you will sleep again, and you will miss those quiet moments in the dark with the baby God has so graciously given you. I think the best thing that you can do is love your children, love their daddy and love yourself."

Joey, 27 and Kendal Victoria, 9 months

"Being a first time mom is a sudden lifestyle change in every way. Don't rush, take your time and be in the moment. Motherhood is fun and you'll never notice how fast it's all going so enjoy every part of it. Explore, make mistakes and learn from it. Be patient no matter how hard it gets. Also, don't forget to take care of yourself. Being a mom is never easy, but as they say is the most fulfilling job in the world."

Julie, 32 and Aleus, 8

"My advice to modern moms is that every kid is special and unique, every parent has their own way in raising their kids and showing their love for them. Parents know what is best for their kid. Spend more time with your kid because it means a lot to them."

Maricon, 31 and Nika, 11

"Cliche as it may seem but Motherhood really is the most difficult job in the world. Raising another human being is a very challenging task. To make things tougher, our very modern mixed up media world is setting standards on how to be a "Perfect Mom"- successful career, killer figure and attending to your child's every need all at the same time. Society just won't give us a break and if we can't do all these things, we tend to feel like we are not doing enough. I think the most important thing to remember as a mom is that there will be hundreds, even millions of times that you will doubt yourself and feel that you're failing- YOU'RE NOT. End of the day, you get things done, in you're own way and at your own pace and your child will still think that you're super mom!"

Gaile, 33 and Kian, 5 weeks

"As a new mom, the main thing I learned the past weeks was to be flexible. I no longer hold my own schedule. The baby dictates it and I have to adjust to his needs especially now that I do on demand breast feeding."

Arvi, 31 and Ava, 3

"There was this article about child-rearing and the philosophy behind it was, "Prepare your child for the path and not the path for your child." - this is what we have carried on since Ava came to our lives. We allow Ava to experience things without always worrying about being dirty, insect bites, falls and all those things that kids always seem to like. Of course we take precautions, but not to the point where we sacrifice moments and experiences. We also do a lot of bargaining, and I mean A LOT. It's funny, but at the same time, by doing this, we allow Ava to have her options and decide on things that she wants to do instead of just us telling or making the decisions for her. We always explain to her the situation and she gets to decide or give her opinion about it, the bargaining is where we try to explain to her the pros and cons of her decisions. I think this is great in building Ava's confidence because she knows that we value her opinions and hopefully, this will help her while growing up. She's not going to be afraid to speak out her mind but at the same time, she'll learn how to compromise. Thinking about it now, same as the method we chose in feeding Ava (Baby-Led Weaning), we also adapted the same baby-led approach to parenting. Instead of the parents always making the decisions, we just see what Ava does and respond to it. It actually make things easier and more fun. "