As a parent or for those of you who are going to become parents in the near future, I am sure you’ve received your fair share of parenting advice. Usually this advice comes from the so-called “experts” which are your friends that already have children. You know, just because you’ve gone through a situation once, maybe twice you’re considered an expert when it comes to child rearing, so appears. These experts love to give you advice. Here are some types of unsolicited parenting advice from friends that you’ll receive or have already received.
8 Types of Unsolicited Parenting Advice From Friends
1. Don’t Let Your Kids Watch TV
Okay. I understand it to an extent. Television rots your brain so they say, even more so today than 30 some odd years ago. I mean television for kids especially on Nick Jr. is way more educational, than cartoons used to be eons ago. Also, if you do not expose your kid to television and let them watch some it of it now, then down the road that kid may spend all of their time in front of it.
2. Don’t Let Your Kids Eat Any Sugar
Yeah, okay. That’ll happen. Eating sugar is a rite of passage as a kid. It won’t kill them, it’s good to allow your kids to eat sugar. Now, I am not saying they should be running around crushing pixie sticks. At least let them have some. It’s healthy to engage in life’s guilty pleasures.
3. Make Your Own Baby Food
This sounds really good in theory. It really, really does. But. When it comes time to feed your little one baby food, it’s much easier and almost better for your child to feed them baby food from the store. Why? Because it saves you tons of time (which you now don’t have) and money. Also, there’s no clinical evidence that suggests it’s a better way to go.
4. Don’t Vaccinate Your Kids
How assinine is this statement? Couldn’t agree more. I mean come on. So, you leave your kid succeseptible to all kinds of horrible diseases by not vaccinating them. Not smart. Pretty much all of us that are parents now, got vaccinated, and we turned out just fine.
5. Tell Your Kid To Finish All Of The Food On Their Plate
Sure, I can understand this to a point. There are kids out there who’re starving and here you’re wasting food. But, it’s encouraging your child to continue eating when they’re typically full already. Overeating can cause issues with unnecessary weight gain now and in the future.
6. Do Not Use Cloth Diapers
Mind you those parents who tell you not to use cloth diapers on your kids have never used them for their kids. Reason is that it’s perceived as hard to use cloth diapers. The reality is it’s not that hard. I used them for my son when he was born. In fact it saves you a ton of money.
7. Buy Your Kids All New Clothes
Seriously? Kids grow every 2 seconds. No way should anyone do that. That will put anyone in the poor house – fast. I mean hand me downs are perfect as is buying clothes from various consignment stores. Buying all new clothes is just plain dumb.
8. Don’t Put Your Kids In Daycare
Well, how do you get your kids to grow socially and emotionally? You really don’t. I mean there is nothing wrong if Aunt Sally is going to watch your kids for free, but your kids won’t be exposed to others. This has the potential to cause serious social and emotional issues for your child down the road.
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