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The Best Advice About Parenthood From Moms Around the World

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In celebration of the Global Mom Relay, World Moms Blog editors asked 19 mothers from 17 countries for the best advice a mother ever gave them. Here’s what they had to say:

"To find the most awesome teenagers you can and interrogate their mother as to how she parented them. Then do that!" — Karyn Van Der Zwet, New Zealand

"When my first child was born, the nurse midwife told me not to get into the habit of overextending yourself. The "master" (she means husband) in your life will come to expect that and take it for granted. Especially at first, do what you can do and "remove the hand" from rest. (That's a Japanese way of saying to let it go.) I should have listened to her; it would have made my first couple of years as a mother much easier." — Melanie Oda, Japan

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"Remember that whatever it is you're going through, it will pass. This little piece of advice has helped me endure the tough times and savor the good times." — Dee Harlow, Laos

"Let them figure out the solution, don't always give it to them." We are too quick to help our kids figure out life's puzzles. We try and solve every argument they have and end up with them coming to us for every little thing. Sometimes, we just need to stand back and let them figure it out. — Mama B., Saudi Arabia

"Don't make sleep a goal. Just enjoy it when you can get it. Considering my newborn stayed awake for eight-hour stretches and didn't sleep through the night, constantly hoping and expecting sleep would have made me miserable. Instead, I just slept when I could. It made a huge difference to my sanity." — Carol, Canada

"My mum, when I was a frightened and very tired new mother said, 'No-one will ever know your child better than you do. Trust your instincts.' It's gotten me through every challenge with my daughters so far." — Sophie Walker, United Kingdom

"Someone once told me to do the best I know how, then leave the rest to God. Whenever I go through tough periods of change and tantrums, I try to step aside and re-focus on the bigger picture—my end goals, vision and hope for my family." — June, Singapore

"Back when I was a clean freak (which to my husband's chagrin has passed), my grandmother would tell me, 'If it's a choice between cleaning your house or playing with your kids, play with your kids because they are so much more important.'" — Susie Newday, Israel

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"Cherish your kids while they're still young. Breastfeed your baby — it's one of the best things you can do for them. Baby-wearing is one way you can multitask and build a stronger bond with your child. Homeschool your kids or at least explore that option. And the best of all, Remember that your kids are only 'lent' to you by God, and your job is to raise them for eternal life, for heaven, not success." — Tina Santiago-Rodriguez, Philippines

"Leave the tooth alone. It will come out when it's ready. This advice has a deeper meaning that can be applied to many mothering moments." — Jill Humphrey, Democratic Republic of Congo

"This, too, shall pass. When the children are teething and can only be comforted by nursing. When you are sleep training them, and they are waking up for what feels like the hundredth time. When they are having separation anxieties and cry even before they reach the nursery. At the same time their 'babyness' will also pass. I have held this advice close to my heart and cherished all the moments watching my daughter grow." — Susan Koh, Singapore

"Trust yourself and don't second guess your choices and decisions! Nobody knows your baby as well as you do, after all he/she shared your body for nine months!" — Simona, South Africa

"Everything is temporary…they won't go down the aisle in diapers. It takes the pressure off!" — Natalie Rankine-Galloway, Morocco

"Don't be afraid to ask for help. This is a tougher job than most of us ever imagined…At the same time, we're made to feel like if we can't do it all, we're somehow failing. It's not a one-person job — not even a two-person job. So ask for help. People will be glad to provide it, and you'll be thankful for the break." — Kim Siegal, Kenya

"My sister…said don't ask advice from any mother whose children are more than three years older than yours because the different stages are all completely engrossing and moms forget a lot. She meant practical advice- the how-to and when-to stuff. It's proven totally true!" — Ms. V., South Korea

"When my son was a newborn and not yet sleeping through the night, I was at my breaking point with exhaustion. My sister told me, 'Just when you think you cannot take 'it' (no sleep, tantrums, whining) anymore, they stop and bring on something new. Just ride it out and enjoy the good, knowing that the other annoyances will pass.' Best piece of advice and so very true!" — Erin, Indonesia

"Someone once told me as long as your baby is pooping, eating and breathing, you're doing alright. I live by that. Especially in those first newborn days when no one knows exactly what they’re doing." — Sarah Sensamaust, Democratic Republic of Congo

"Cherish the time you have with your child, they won't be small forever. Kids grow up so fast, some day you'll look back and realize that all the challenging moments aren't so bad after all and you will begin to miss the times you have with your children when they are young. My son is only 3, but I'm beginning to miss those times when he was a baby…I want him to look back some day and see that he has a treasure trove of happy childhood memories." — Ruth Wong, Singapore

"Treasure the childhood of your little boy. Before you know it, it will be gone, and he will be an adult and gone away to create his own successful life. I find that advice very, very precious. Today, when I look back at the pictures we have collected from when my son was a baby, when he joined his first playschool, his kindergarten photos, and his first recital, I am awed. Where did the time go?" — Purnima Ramakrishnan of Chennai, India

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