3. Make Mistakes
"Don't expect to be perfect," says Amy F., a mother of one. "You WILL make mistakes as a new parent. Everyone does. This does not make you a bad parent, just human."
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Remember, mistakes are the tool of all invention and can sometimes clear the way for great possibilities -- or just good opportunities to learn something new.
4. Surround Yourself with Other Moms
"Develop a support network of good friends and friends with kids," advises parenting expert Barbara Greenberg, PhD. "In life, especially when you have kids, there is nothing like speaking to and relying on other moms."
Molly J., who is the mother of a one-year-old daughter, echoes a similar sentiment. "As great as your current friends and family may be, find a group of new moms with kids around the same age. Go to a breastfeeding support group, Mommy and Me, music class, whatever. Just get yourself out of the house and around other moms who are in it too."
5. Embrace the 5-Second Rule
While it may be hard to do, part of being a good mom includes taking time for yourself. When baby won't stop crying, walk away for a moment, breathe deep, and regroup – even if it's just for five seconds.
"One thing I have always done is to have a time-out for mommy, not the child," shares Tonja S., a mother of one. "I take 5-15 minutes to regroup and then start fresh."
6. Teach Your Kids True Self-Worth
Self-esteem is the foundation of a child's well-being, and the key to success as an adult. While teaching your child true self-worth is probably one of the hardest things you'll ever do, it's also one of the most important – and should be based on more than just how cute your kid is.
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"Teach your daughter that her self-worth is more than her appearance," advises author Chaunie Brusie, RN, BSN. "Also, tell her to avoid ever making a sex tape! Although I guess that ended up working pretty well for Kim K., didn't it?!" she jokes. Keep reading...