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‘Winging it’ definition: To improvise with little preparation. To do something in an impromptu manner. To accomplish or perform something without full preparation or knowledge.

In a nutshell, ‘winging it’ is the most accurate phrase I could find to sum up my way of parenting. Perhaps it’s your way too? It doesn’t make me (or you) a crappy parent. It makes every day a school day.

Before E was born, winging it was the furthest thing from my mind. I devoured mummy blogs on the daily. I was sure that I was going to subscribe to ‘gentle parenting’. That I’d never let him ‘cry it out’. That I’d breastfeed him as long as I possibly could. Only ever let him eat homemade, organic, low salt food. That he’d never watch telly. And only play with wooden toys…

In short, I spent so much time reading other people’s ideas of how to be the “ideal” mummy that I failed to consider two things. My sanity. And my baby. And that he might (shock horror!) be his own little person. Completely opposed to the decisions I’d made about raising him.

Turns out that despite my decision to wing it, the kid is a little bit of a legend. But don’t just take my word for it. Have a little read…


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