By Randi Chapnik MyersUpdated Jun 18, 2013
Having a “big sister” in the parenting battle can make all the difference. Here are tips for being a great mom mentor for your friends and family.
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A version of this article was published in our May 2013 issue with the headline "Mommy mentor," pp. 50-3.
If you’re always talking, you’ll miss how her situation might differ from yours.Photo: Courtney Keating/iStockphoto
While the answer to another mom’s dilemma might seem obvious, it’s not to her. You may be ahead in the game, but you were once in her shoes.
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If you can’t recall what it was like, you can’t relate.Photo: onebluelight/iStockphoto
Sometimes the solution is just having someone who nods and understands.
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Advice is most helpful if it’s useful soon. Telling moms about what’s coming too far down the road can scare them silly.Photo: Dean Mitchell/iStockphoto
You may be her mentor, but you can learn from the new kid on the block, too!Photo: laflor/iStockphoto