When you become a parent for the first time, diaper duty is only the beginning. The mom network itself, especially in the day and age of the internet, can be home to some even scarier waters to tread.
Someone who’s in the thick of this type of unsolicited “advice”? Dancing with the Stars contestant Ginger Zee, who just became a first-time mom to Adrian Benjamin, 4 months.
” ‘You’ve taken away this precious time with your child because you want to dance,’ ” the 35-year-old ABC chief meteorologist says on PEOPLE’s Mom Talk, recounting a comment she read online about her parenting.
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“We’re not all the same — we do different things, we parent different,” says Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, 28, whose children are 3½-year-old son Lorenzo Dominic and daughter Giovanna Marie, 19 months. “At the end of the day, we’re all moms, and we take care of our kids.”
But luckily for Zee, there’s no right or wrong way, according to the other celebrity moms in the room.
“What I’ve learned, and what I believe, is that there is no right. There’s just right for you,” adds Alysia Reiner, 45-year-old star of Orange Is the New Black and mom to daughter Livia Charles, 7. “There is no perfect … we all just want to feel like we’re doing it right, and we’re scared that we’re not.”
— Jen Juneau