If you’re a parent you probably remember the first time you were pregnant. Total strangers came forward at the grocery store, in restaurants and anywhere you went to offer parenting tips and pregnancy advice. Some of them were classic advice, some were not so great. I’ll never forget the woman who stopped me when I told my daughter she had to stop her actions by the time I counted to three. “That doesn’t work,” she said, as she proceeded to tell me what I should do.
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Because the amount of advice can be overwhelming, I wanted to know what other people thought worked. I polled my friends on Facebook and asked them to share the best parenting advice they ever received. They rose to the occasion (with only a small amount of badgering from me) to give me the parenting tips they had relied on while they raise their children.
1. Go With Your Gut. Have you ever had the feeling something is wrong with your child, even when other people assure you there is not? Go with your gut. This happened to me when I took my daughter to the ER as a baby in the middle of the night. It turned out she was having an asthma attack that left her with only a pinhole sized space to breathe. The trip to the ER might have saved her life.
2. Never Say Never. You Will Eat Those Words. Before I became a parent I had all sorts of ideas of the type of parent I would be. So did Brittany. One day when Jenna was younger and wouldn’t stop crying, I offered to turn on a television program in hopes the songs would put her to sleep. “No TV before she is two!” Brittany replied. Tune into a few weeks later when Brittany asked me, “Mom, can you turn on Princess Sofia?” “No can do,” I said, “No TV before she is two.” Needless to say, sometimes she watches Princess Sofia now.
3. Live in the Moment. It’s hard to live in the moment when there is a never ending to do list, work, and other things in life that get in the way, but sometimes it’s important to just stop and say, “Will this matter if I wait a few minutes to do it?” Spend time doing something fun with the kids instead.
4. There Are No Perfect Parents. We All Make Mistakes. Parenting is something that doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Just as our children grow and learn, we will grow and learn with them. That means we will make some mistakes along the way.
5. Do What Works Best For Your Children. Don’t Be Pressured Into Doing the Popular Thing. When my son finished 2nd grade, I realized something was wrong. I quit my teaching job and began to homeschool him. My friends were mystified. Why would I homeschool? I pushed for answers on my own and kept homeschooling until I discovered he had two learning disabilities. It was a turning point for him. He went from a child who hated school to one who read books on his own and discovered a love of history. I’ve never regretted that decision.
If you are planning a baby shower in the future, this is also a great baby shower game idea. They make great keepsakes and can be saved for when new parents are feeling overwhelmed and wish they had some customized advice. Have one card for each guest and allow them to write the best parenting advice they ever received on the card. Super simple but so helpful! I used the customizable baby shower invitations at Basic Invite to create custom Best Parenting Advice Cards featuring the baby.
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What’s the best parenting advice you ever received?