I was always one of the youngest in my class at school & have pretty much always had older friends. For some reason this always seems to make me feel like the "novice" of the group or that I always get more support/advice than I give. Especially with other Mothers.
It's strange that I often feel I don't really have much to add in the way of advice or experience except for my amusing anticdotes. Often the women I feel would have little to gain from my experience might have younger or less kids than me. So I actually might have more experience to share but still feel like I'm on my training wheels because of my age. And I'm the same with younger mums too.
I am usually pretty confident. I am not shy to meet new people or speak my piece. But for some reason when it comes to other Mothers I feel like I still have so much to learn from everyone else & little to share.
This seems to contradict how I actually parent my girls. I'm comitted to a connected and natural parenting style-which in itself requires confidence to walk a path less travelled & make choices much of the mainstream would discourage. Not to mention challenging the veiws society has about how kids should behave.
Maybe it's because parenting is such a massive journey. Maybe it's because I have learned so much about myself since becoming a Mother that I feel I've only scratched the surface on what there is to learn. Maybe I just take a lot of inspiration from all the other awesome Mamas I know. But I do need to realize that I have a fair bit of life experience when it comes to having kids & being a Mama.
Sorry for the ramble...thinking out loud