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OPINION: We are all parenting experts when it comes to our own children

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I worked on a job last week which involved me being interviewed for radio and television stations.

The same interview conducted by many different presenters all over the country and the title they gave me, to answer their questions, was 'parenting expert'.

I found myself wanting to shy away from it.

We’re taught to dampen our own horns, to never toot them ourselves and not just that, but to put the trumpet down pretending it’s not ours altogether.

I squirmed, imposter syndrome at its best, then I wriggled free because I have been parenting for over a decade, I have four children, I was talking about colic, a subject I know a lot about, and I knew my stuff.

I absolutely could be titled as a parenting expert when talking about this and though I still did it with one eye closed, I forced myself to embrace it.

We’re allowed to be good at things, we’re allowed to be proud of ourselves and we absolutely must be able to own our own accomplishments.

There’s a fine line between bragging and being able to acknowledge your areas of expertise but it got me wondering why we constantly accept being put down yet find it such a struggle to take praise?

As a parent I think the challenge to accept our own strengths is even more tricky. From the moment we conceive we feel we must be doing things wrong and therein lies a mass of problems for........

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