When you have a child, people will give you lots (and lots) of advice. Some of it will be useful and welcome, but some advice will be unsolicited and information you'd rather not hear. It's often through parenting yourself that you learn a lot of what you need to know. However, every now and again you get that one snippet of advice that makes all the difference.
What parenting advice do you think is valuable. Image: Morguefile
What's the one piece of parenting advice that was invaluable to you? Or what advice would you give a parent, that you wish you'd been told yourself?
When I was a young mum with 2 small, school aged children and a baby, life was overwhelming. I was doing some relief work to make ends meet. I was struggling with the demands of running a household, being sleep deprived and working outside of the home and was talking to a co-worker about this. She nodded, smiled and said "The best years of your life are when your children are small, just enjoy it." At the time, I laughed it off but now my two oldest children are in their teens and I sit back in awe, just wondering how the time flew by so fast. As hard as some days may seem, enjoy every day with your little ones mamas, because before you know it those days will be gone.
I've heard lots of good advice, so it's hard to pick. I like the advice I was given to 'pick my battles' and so sometimes I let certain things fly, as its just not worth the fight, especially with a tired or cranky child. It's kind of in the same realm as 'don't sweat the small stuff' where I've tried to not worry over everything and be more laid back. That got easier with my second child....with my first I was definitely more anxious.
I have 6 daughters aged 5-20 and there are 2 things nobody ever told me:
If you think having a baby is bad wait until they're teenagers.
They still keep you awake at night while you wait ' n worry for them to get home from parties with all the peer pressure about boys, drugs, alcohol and fights and the memorable first time when they take siblings out for a celebration cruise when they get their "P" plate license and you beg them to drive carefully because your whole world is in that car.
If you can buy it on the cheap when they are babies and toddlers do it because once they become teenagers they become brand snobs. This applies to Food, shoes, clothes and just about anything.
"No Homebrand food allowed and please... if it does not say Nike or Vans don't bother"