As a new…anything. You will get an insane amount of advice.
New Graduate: Don’t shy away from adventures and opportunities.
Newlywed: Don’t go to bed angry.
And so on…
I would hedge a bet that there is no other time in a person’s life that they receive more advice than when they are about to become new parents. There are countless books on the topic. Trust me, before Bubba, I read way too many of them and used none.
I am going to throw my hat into the ring and offer my advice.
Are you ready? Here is is.
Don’t take anyone’s advice.
Now I don’t mean ignore your doctors, I mean stay the heck away from Google.
I love me some Google but I will tell you, it is the bane of your existence when you’re trying to start a family, are pregnant or a new parent. Everything is either you’re fine or Go To The Hospital Yesterday, touted from the keyboards of computer-credentialed-doctors from all over the world. If you’re looking for a specific answer, you’ll find it. It just may not be right, or wise.
So, my absolute best parenting advice is, in essence, don’t take anyone’s advice. You will know what is best for your child and your family. If you’re unsure, pick a pediatrician you feel comfortable with and ask them. Your doctor has had, in theory, years upon years of training and practice in helping parents to raise healthy children. I’d like to think they know what they are doing, and if not, they can always ask the AAP.
I’d love to hear your favorite advice or non-advice. What is the craziest thing anyone has told you?