It’s that time again, and this time I’ve remembered to actually do the post! Last week I thought it was still Thursday on Friday for some bizarre reason so I didn’t get my post for The Friday Club in, so I diligently asked what the subject for this week would be so I could get on and write a post in advance to ensure I didn’t miss it again.
When I was told the theme for this week was parenting tips I wondered what on earth I could write about, what was there that I could possibly say to another parent to make things easier for them in some way? Yes I’ve got a daughter, and managed to keep her alive and well for the last nine years on my own, but I don’t necessarily have any tips saved up I can give out.
What I will say though and perhaps the biggest lesson I have learned since becoming a parent what seems ages ago, but also only yesterday, is listen to yourself and do what you feel is best for your baby/child and your family.
People will offer you all kinds of advice along the way, from the moment you announce your pregnancy you will be hounded by stories of every Tom, Dick and Harry about their births and how you should do it naturally/in a birthing pool/while in a yoga pose/with every drug you can get your hands on. You will be told that weaning from four months is best then a few weeks later it changes to six months. Breast is best and bottles are the devils work (they aren’t trust me), how to hold, wash and even dress your baby. And it won’t stop once your child is no longer a baby, someone will always have an opinion on what you should or shouldn’t be doing with or for your child.
My advice to you is listen (or at least pretend you’re listening), digest the information offered and choose to ignore or take on board whatever you feel is best for you. You will instinctively know if there is something wrong with your child as you will know what is best for them. Yes you will make mistakes along the way and no they won’t be catastrophic, it’s just how you learn what suits you as you find and develop your own parenting style.
Here are the other entries in this parenting tips carnival:
Nova at Cherished by Me shares her tips in Encouraging Children to Read.
Gemma at HelloitsGemma’s Blog gives us her working mum tips in This working Mummy’s guide to life.
Maggy at Red Ted Art shows us how Baby Can Draw!
Chris at Thinly Spread gives us her Secret to Relaxed Parenting.
Cass at The Diary of a Frugal Family shows us how she teaches her children about other countries and cultures whilst having fun in America Day.
Helen at Cheeky Wipes gives us her tips in Fussy Eating.
Mummy Beadzoid gives us some Parenting tips for the NICU/SCBU parent.
Kelly at Domestic Goddesque shares her advice in Terrible Twos: tips for dealing with tantrums?
Ella at Notes From Home gives us her tip for encouraging children to tidy up at the end of the day.
Tiddlyompompom shares her weaning tips in her oh so helpful guide to weaning.
Mymumdom shares her tips in Parenting Tips (Me Over The Edge).
SouthoftheRiverMum tells us her plans to set up a Reward System at Home.
Jax at Making It Up discusses behavioural issues in a quandary in search of a tip.
Bod for Tea shares her advice on finding a ‘helper’ to encourage your child to do things they don’t really like doing in Bunny says.
Hayley at Simply Hayley tells us about Hugs and Love.
Make Do Mum shares her stickability scale in Know Your Enemy.
Blue Sky at Looking for Blue Sky gives us some teenage tips.