When I was pregnant, so many people HAD to give me advice on what to do and what not to do when the baby was born.
You have to breastfeed.
You can only use Avent bottles.
Do NOT use formula!
Always have a routine.
They have to be in your room for 6 months.
Do not put them in your bed!
Make sure they have five layers of clothes on before going outside.
Better yet, don’t go outside.
Make every single person use hand sanitizer.
ROUTINE ROUTINE ROUTINE! Don’t EVER BREAK THE ROUTINE!
I mean the list could go on. And honestly, some of the things I heard, yeah, they were very useful.
But the other stuff, it was almost like, please keep your opinions to yourself, because I do not have a kid yet and I am not taking notes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now – there are so many more important questions I would have liked to be answered instead of that other stuff that is way easier to find out.
Like – what’s the best way to get rid of binkies? How do you get them to not pee in their diapers at night when they don’t wear one all day? How much does a c-section really hurt? Am I going to be able to move after it? What in the fuck is hand foot mouth disease?
Those are questions that when given advice, I would have preferred answers to those. But those are things that no one wants to tell you.
I do know a few things from just being a parent, watching my friend be a parent and then seeing the product of good and bad parenting in my classrooms.
There are right and wrong ways to parent.
Unfortunately, the ones who choose to be a bad parent, aren’t people who would read articles like this or even have anyone to give them advice like I got during my pregnancy.
I am positive that I am parenting the right away – it may not be your way, but it is not the wrong way.