I try not to give advice on parenting because everyone has their own style, thoughts and ways of doing things and every child is different. I have no idea what the inner workings of another family are, so unless asked I do my best to keep things to myself. That’s not to say that I never say things that might sound like advice, or tell others what it was like for me. Sometimes these things just pop out of my mouth before I can stop them and later I worry that I sounded like a know-it-all. I’ve been particularly aware of this since becoming an aunt, I really need to check myself sometimes.
Having said that I have two pieces of advice that I think all parents should hear and that I don’t think can cause offence. Instead I hope they will just save other parents lots of time and energy and reduce frustrations. I’ve learnt both these things from experience….. over and over again!
1) Never let weetbix dry on the highchair tray. That stuff sets like concrete and you’ll be scrubbing and scraping for ages trying to get it off. Miss Two hasn’t used her high chair since we moved and I can still see weetbix on the side of the tray that I must have missed. I am dreading cleaning that one up when I eventually get to it. I’m sure if there is ever a world shortage of concrete weekbix could be a viable alternative.
2. If you’re child has a particular security object that they absolutely need to get to sleep, make a rule that it stays in the cot or bed. Both my girls are attached to a teddy bear (the same type, but they have one each), but we didn’t do this and ‘teddy’ get dragged all over the house all day long. Now EVERY night Mr Good and I have to search the house for two bears that have suddenly disappeared and no one can remember where they were last seen. Those two bears have been found in some pretty strange places and Mr Good and I often find ourselves cursing and stomping around in quite rage looking for those damn bears so the children will finally GO TO SLEEP. Okay, that might sound over the top, but I assure you it is most frustrating. Keep those toys in the beds, I beg you, save yourself!
And just so you know that despite this nightly drama, they are pretty great kids and are pretty darn cute, here’s a couple of recent photos.
So what are you best bits of advice or tips for new parents, or old parents who need some help (like me)?