Making choices for your child can be daunting to say the least. From birth even up to their teen years there’s always a choice to be made and sometimes you worry if you’re making the right one.

How do I decide what’s best for my child? Well, it started even before I gave birth to him. I was having my 3rd child, Jael, 9 years after my 2nd child. It was quite a gap and after 9 years, believe it or not there were drastic changes when it came to food, products and even parenting techniques.

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I also had relatives telling me what to do and what not to do, what to feed him and how to raise him. My personal favorite suggestion was putting a piece of paper on his forehead that someone else licked to make his hiccups go away. Absolutely, not. I was so turned around with what everyone was telling me that I decided that I was the best person to make these choices for my child. I had done it twice before after all.

How do you make the right choices? By arming yourself with knowledge. I read what I need to know to make an informed decision. What clothes should he wear? Check the label. We all know cotton is the best kind of cloth for kids because it’s absorbent and comfortable. I’m also proactive with what he watches and what games he plays. I always check the descriptions and have a “walk through” to see what exactly Jael will be exposed to.

When it came to food, it was touch and go at first. I’d have him try different foods to see what he liked, what he was allergic to, etc. Once I knew what he could and could not eat I made sure to check the labels on food items. It’s also a good practice to check the labels on food and drinks that give the best nutritional content. Some drinks are filled with sugar and counteracts my way of parenting. An occasional soda here and there is fine but we stick with fruit juices and milk for the most part.

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If you’re unsure on how to decide, read up on it so you can discern what the proper choice for your child will be. We can find the right answers when we exert effort to discover it for ourselves. This is where checking labels and reading up on topics comes in. Also trust that strong mother’s instinct you have. It’s helped me in more ways than one. As a mother of two teens and a 5 year old I can attest to the fact that the best decisions I’ve made was from learning everything I could and making an informed decision from there.

What do you usually check for when looking at labels? I’d love to hear what you watch out for when checking your food and drink products.

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